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Modeling and Simulation Philosophy Track

This track is part of the EAIA'12.

Many M&S researchers are not explicitly aware of their philosophical research assumption and the ontological, epistemological, and teleological implications thereof. Ontology is the study of being or the study of what exists, often captured as a system defined by a finite set of systems. Computational representations thereof are only a small subset. Epistemology is the study of how we come to know, or how we define knowledge, represent it, and communicate it with others. Teleology is the study of action and purpose, resulting in methods.

Often without knowing it, M&S experts sub-scribe with their methods to a positivistic worldview. In short, positivism is rooted in the belief that truth exists on its own, it is indepen-dent of the observer and reality is separated from the individual who observes it. The traditional scientific method is rooted in positivism. The al-ternative viewpoint is interpretivism that holds the belief that truth is a construct of the observer. Reality is relative and cannot be separated from the individual who observes it.

Following topics are of interest to this track:

  • Philosophical underpinning of M&S
  • Ontology, Epistomology, and Teleology of M&S
  • Theory of M&S
  • Russel-like paradoxes
  • Answers to life the universe and everything