Scientific Models as Information Carrying Artifacts

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Rusanen, Anna-Mari; Lappi, Otto
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We present an information theoretic account of models as scientific representations, where scientific models are understood as information carrying artifacts. We propose that the semantics of models should be based on this information coupling of the model to the world. The information theoretic account presents a way of avoiding the need to refer to agents' intentions as constitutive of the semantics of scientific representations, and it provides a naturalistic account of model semantics, which can deal with the problems of asymmetry, relevance and circularity that afflict other currently popular naturalistic proposals.