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  • n. thought experiment


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From German Gedankenexperiment ("thought experiment"), from Gedanke (“thought”) +‎ Experiment (“experiment”).


  • Your gedankenexperiment for today is to ask yourself, regardless of your religious beliefs, if the editors of National Geographic, being given an ancient manuscript that “proved” the Koran was nothing more than the blatherings of some ergot-besotted Bedouin who had eaten one too many hallucinogenic plants, would have published the same as loudly and as broadly?

    Think Progress » Shep Smith Embarrassed by O’Reilly’s ‘War on Easter’?

  • Anyway, just because John Ajvide Lindqvist also wrote a good zombie novel yes, it was good, despite the zombies, I'll post a link to Better Zombies Through Physics at, where we see yet another example of how the gedankenexperiment by Schrödinger about the cat in the box inspires popular culture.

    Zombies and vampires

  • Richard undertakes a gedankenexperiment about "literary patents" and the impact they would have had on Victor Hugo as he sat down to pen Les Miserables.

    Boing Boing: June 19, 2005 - June 25, 2005 Archives

  • So here's a gedankenexperiment for ya: what if the DC and Marvel put all their funnybooks on the Web two months after they were shipped to the stores?

    Boing Boing: January 2, 2005 - January 8, 2005 Archives

  • Seth responds with this great gedankenexperiment from John Maynard Keynes:

    Boing Boing: September 4, 2005 - September 10, 2005 Archives

  • (Susan Blackmore suggested that students should act out this famous gedankenexperiment, after all, though how that would help still rather eludes me.)

    Conscious Entities

  • That thing is summed up by Einstein's word gedankenexperiment.

    Ethical Technology

  • He proposed a gedankenexperiment in which the collectivist assumptions of classical utopias were set at naught by a simple mechanism:

    Eternity Road

  • Like Einstein's greatest ideas, the theory of evolution is based on a simple gedankenexperiment: start with a very simple reproducing organism, add Mendel's laws of heredity and mutability, and follow the system as it inescapably branches out into a tree of life. all content

  • Consider this gedankenexperiment: Would American lawyers be happy with the converse, such as arguing a complex matter at the intersection of First Amendment and defamation law, on the law only, before a panel consisting of a mechanical engineer, a particle physicist, and a clinical psychologist, none of whom had taken even a single law-school course?

    Scrivener's Error


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