Nathan Collins: Models Often Better Than Guessing

Pacific Standard:

“We pitted University students in introductory environmental science courses against the models and found that even when the models were completely wrong they still on average made better decisions than the humans did,” Holden writes, perhaps because the models force environmental managers to think more clearly about their assumptions. “Without the aid of modeling, decision maker assumptions become less transparent, and it is easier for them to make biased decisions.”