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Garden with Insight v1.0 Help: realistic/unrealistic

In this help system we occasionally say that some area of the model is unrealistic. Actually the entire model is unrealistic. What we mean is: that particular area of the model is farther away from experimental evidence than other parts of the model. Usually this is because the model is not very interested in that area and so doesn't go into a lot of detail there.

A model is like a flashlight beam in a dark room. Where the model concentrates the light is brightest, and the results are closest to reality. But since the flashlight has only so much power, other areas of the room are dimly lit as you look away from the bright center. Those areas are less realistic.

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