Mechanistic analogy: how microcosms explain nature

@article{Drake2011MechanisticAH,
  title={Mechanistic analogy: how microcosms explain nature},
  author={John M. Drake and Andrew M Kramer},
  journal={Theoretical Ecology},
  year={2011},
  volume={5},
  pages={433-444}
}
Microcosm studies of ecological processes have been criticized for being unrealistic. However, since lack of realism is inherent to all experimental science, if lack of realism invalidates microcosm models of ecological processes, then such lack of realism must either also invalidate much of the rest of experimental ecology or its force with respect to microcosm studies must derive from some other limitation of microcosm apparatus. We believe that the logic of the microcosm program for… CONTINUE READING
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