PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Agent-Based Models of Dual-Use Research Restrictions

Scientific research that could, either through accident or intentional malevolence, cause grave harm is known as dual-use research. The recent spread of dual-use research methods in the life sciences has sparked a heated debate about the extent to which restrictions on the conduct and dissemination of such research may hinder scientific progress. We adapt formal models of scientific networks to systematically explore the effects that different regulatory schemes may have on a community's ability to learn about the world. Results suggest that, contrary to common wisdom, regulations do not inhibit scientific progress and may actually aid communities in learning.

Author Information:

Elliott Wagner    
Philosophy
Kansas State University

Jonathan Herington    
Philosophy
Kansas State University

 

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