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An Example from Social Sciences
The Challenge: Explaining the “Live and Let Live” Cooperation that emerged on some stretches of the front line during World War I.
Ashworth's traditional approach: Explanation through a thick historical narrative.
Axelrod's new approach: Based on Ashworth's narrative as well as on computer simulations of the “evolution of cooperation”
Question: Does the simulation based approach add anything in terms of explanatory power?