thought experiment

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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.]
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Translations
myšlenkový experiment
Gedankenexperiment
ajatuskoe
esperimento mentale
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The thing about "Gedankenexperimente" (thought experiments) is that you never know where they might lead.
Was Paul Ricreur uber Narration und Ethik schreibt, gilt grundsatzlich auch fur Computerspiele: "Die Gedankenexperimente, die wir im grossen Laboratorium der Einbildung durchfuhren, sind auch Forschungsreisen durch das Reich des Guten und des Bosen" (Ricreur 1996, S.