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thought experiment

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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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L'installation, intitulee Toutes les Images possibles, etait une Gedankenexperiment en acte, incarnant en un objet concret les deux versants de la pensee numerique : son ecriture chiffree, ses images computables, le chiffre et son signe.
Inspired by gravitational wave physics and Einstein's notion of Gedankenexperiment (thought experiment), this installation interprets the tracery patterns of the orbits of black holes and the outgoing gravitational wave of this astronomical event.
Although the gedankenexperiment involving the fate of Schrodinger's famous cat was created by Schrodinger, it was based on a similar device using explosives (but no felines) that was due to Einstein.
Cochran opposes two types of solicitation that make sense of the literary object, one aiming at the historicist transparency of its cultural identity, the other oriented toward speculation and identified to the (forgotten) sacred or transcendental dimension of literary writing, which he revisits through the concept of Gedankenexperiment.
Weisman's book, modeled after what Germans call a Gedankenexperiment (thought experiment), contemplates the destruction of human civilization and the subsequent rewilding of the planet.
The long history of casuistry that has been part of Western thinking ever since people began writing laws (or believing that God had given them laws to follow) manifests in modern discussions as hypothetical cases or Gedankenexperiment carefully designed to test where exactly the pale lies between success and failure in adherence to the law.
181) Wittgenstein must assume that in response to his sentences his readers will all more or less be able to construct mental representations sufficiently similar to share at least roughly the same Vorstellung of him performing a Gedankenexperiment.
The necessary Gedankenexperiment was that suggested by Senior: 'if all the commodities used by man were supplied by nature without any intervention whatever of human labour' (1836: 138).
En su intento de hacer pensable la distincion entre fenomeno y noumeno, y de salvar asi los extremos del problema, Kant ensaya el idealismo trascendental como Gedankenexperiment, en la linea del metodo hipotetico-deductivo de la ciencia moderna; el prologo a la segunda edicion de la Critica de la razon pura constituye un excelente testimonio en este sentido.
Solo cabe mencionar que el Gedankenexperiment de Searle ha generado tantos detractores como partidarios, provocando un debate filosofico que se ha extendido por mas de veinticinco anos.