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thought experiment

n.
An imagined sequence of events that is used to illustrate or investigate the consequences of a given action or condition, especially in philosophy and theoretical physics.

[Translation of German Gedankenexperiment : Gedanke, thought + Experiment, experiment.]
Translations
myšlenkový experiment
Gedankenexperiment
ajatuskoe
esperimento mentale
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Experimental realization of Wheeler's delayed-choice gedanken experiment.
Wave-particle duality is further exemplified in Wheeler's delayed-choice Gedanken Experiment (,978b).
Thus, Farmer claims the physicist's thought or Gedanken experiment as a possible modus vivendi of interpretative research.
Clouser's objection that an entity could be purely physical is based on the gedanken experiment of "thinking away the non-physical properties of a thing to see what they have had left when they finished.
Its emphasis on feeling has brought into sharper relief a Gedanken experiment I have sometimes pondered: If I knew that by popping a certain pill I would be left with all of my beliefs and desires intact, but lose forever whatever affective feelings there may be over and above them, would I take it?