Logo Logo
Switch Language to German
Dardashti, Radin; Thebault, Karim P. Y.; Winsberg, Eric (2017): Confirmation via Analogue Simulation: What Dumb Holes Could Tell Us about Gravity. In: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 68, No. 1: pp. 55-89
Full text not available from 'Open Access LMU'.


In this article we argue for the existence of 'analogue simulation' as a novel form of scientific inference with the potential to be confirmatory. This notion is distinct from the modes of analogical reasoning detailed in the literature, and draws inspiration from fluid dynamical 'dumb hole' analogues to gravitational black holes. For that case, which is considered in detail, we defend the claim that the phenomena of gravitational Hawking radiation could be confirmed in the case that its counterpart is detected within experiments conducted on diverse realizations of the analogue model. Aprospectus is given for further potential cases of analogue simulation in contemporary science.