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A thought experiment is an experiment that takes place in people's minds instead of in a laboratory or in the real world. In a real-life experiment, people can see and measure changes, but thought experiments only show special ways of thinking. Anyone can do a thought experiment.
The usual goal of a thought experiment is to show what might happen: if this were true, what would follow from it?
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References[change | change source]
- Witt-Hansen (1976). Although Experiment is a German word, it is derived from Latin. The synonym Versuch has purely Germanic roots.
- Sorensen R.A. 1992. Thought Experiments. Oxford University Press.
- Horowitz T. & Massey G.J. (eds) 1991. Thought experiments in science and philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield.
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