A Czech translation of this page is available at Filosoficke simulace a experimenty .
A Russian translation of this page is available at http://www.opensourceinitiative.net/edu/phlsim/ .
A Portuguese translation of this page is available at
The two programs available here were written in the 1980's, in BASIC, to run on IBM-PC's and compatibles. The programs provide simulations of abstract, imaginary "worlds". They have been used in undergraduate philosophy of science courses and in various undergraduate science courses. The students attempt to discover the "laws" governing the behavior of the simulated worlds by using inductive reasoning, forming hypotheses, and doing interactive experiments on the worlds.
Enhanced, compiled versions of these programs were
published by Wm. C. Brown Pub.,
Before trying to use these programs, one should read PHLSIMREADME.TXT and phlsim.txt. In addition to being on-line here, these two files are enclosed in the program packages. These packages are available for downloading in three versions:
PHLSIM.exe --- a self-extracting ZIP file
PHLSIM.ZIP --- a standard ZIP file
phlsim.tar --- a standard UNIX style TAR file
Each package contains the two previously mentioned text files, the source
code, and the compiled programs. More information about these programs is
available in: "Simulations and Experiments in Philosophy of Science,"
Perspectives in Computing, [IBM,
Latest update by rlc: Nov 20, 2013.