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Parker, Wendy S.. When Climate Models Agree: The Significance of Robust Model Predictions
2011, Philosophy of Science 78 (4):579-600.
Added by: Clotilde Torregrossa, Contributed by: Simon Fokt

Abstract: This article identifies conditions under which robust predictive modeling results have special epistemic significance—related to truth, confidence, and security—and considers whether those conditions hold in the context of present-day climate modeling. The findings are disappointing. When today’s climate models agree that an interesting hypothesis about future climate change is true, it cannot be inferred—via the arguments considered here anyway—that the hypothesis is likely to be true or that scientists’ confidence in the hypothesis should be significantly increased or that a claim to have evidence for the hypothesis is now more secure

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