Better than Best: Epistemic Landscapes and Diversity of Practice in Science

Philosophy of Science (forthcoming)
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When solving a complex problem in a group, should group members always choose the best available solution that they are aware of? In this paper, I build simulation models to show that, perhaps surprisingly, a group of agents who individually randomly follow a better available solution than their own can end up outperforming a group of agents who individually always follow the best available solution. This result has implications for the feminist philosophy of science and social epistemology.

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Jingyi Wu
London School of Economics


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