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Consensus in science

Peter Stallinga and Igor Khmelinskii


The biggest argument in some areas of science is the existence of a consensus. However, on top of it being a non-scientific argument, it is easy to show how a consensus naturally evolves in modern research environments. In this paper we demonstrate analytically and by cellular automata how a consensus is obtained. Important conclusions are that a consensus is not necessarily representing the truth and, once established, can never change anymore.

MSC: 62P25; 62C05
Received: 2014-4-28
Accepted: 2014-12-23
Published Online: 2015-2-14
Published in Print: 2015-3-1

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