Bigger than Chaos: Understanding Complexity through by Michael Strevens

By Michael Strevens

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But the same cannot be said for statistical physics: the question as to, first, the legitimacy, and later, the undeniable success, of the probabilistic treatment of questions concerning heat and gases, has been on the agenda, sporadically, in physics, mathematics, and the philosophy of science for over one hundred years. As a consequence, there is an enormous literature on the topic. This literature is concerned exclusively with the foundations of epa’s application to physical systems, as opposed to biological and social systems.

Later versions of frequentism, more sophisticated than the actual frequentism characterized in the last paragraph, were developed by von Mises (1957) and Reichenbach (1949). Perhaps von Mises’s most influential innovation was his requirement that the set of trials determining a probability be randomly patterned, in a sense more precise, and more controversial, than need be spelled out here (for the details, see Fine 1973). Consider, for simplicity’s sake, actual frequentism. The actual frequency account postulates a probability more or less wherever there is a probabilistic pattern, and holds that there is no more, physically, to the probability, than the pattern.

Why is this pretense allowed? How can pretense serve as the basis for successful scientific theories such as evolutionary biology? What is the physical nature of the processes underlying “as if ” probabilities, such that they give rise to outcomes that are probabilistically patterned, stochastically independent, and so on? The propensity account is silent. Its goal is metaphysical legislation, not physical understanding. 25 All subjectivist accounts are broadly agreed that what distinguishes the subjective probabilities that are considered “scientific” and perhaps “real” from those that are reflections of mere opinion is a kind of invariance under the influence of further information, what Skyrms calls resilience.

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