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First published July 1 2016

Alife as a Model Discipline for Policy-Relevant Simulation Modelling: Might Worse Simulations Fuel a Better Science-Policy Interface?

Seth Bullock

Abstract (Excerpt)

Policy-relevant scientific models are typically expected to make empirically valid predictions about policy-relevant problems. What are the consequences of shaping our science-policy interface in this way? Here, it is argued that the theoretically insecure simulation modelling pioneered within artificial life is emblematic of an important alternative approach with significance for policy-relevant modelling.