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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.
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Of course, while it is true that everyone dies, my no-way-out thought experiment isn't anything like real life.
The thought experiment also assumes a tight binary of Good People from Bad People, and even if there are indeed these binary distinctions within the myriad personalities on this world, what if a Good Person has a Bad Day?
The relevant thought experiment is precisely this one, in which you imagine yourself on that boat.
Now, for the purposes of our thought experiment on the qualitative meaning of this equation, we will focus only on the obvious: mass and energy are equivalent (but complementary) entities, and the transformation from one to the other is mediated by the speed of light.
With modern electronic communications however, CG's thought experiment is not so fanciful.
Dennett goes on to argue that brains ought to be conceived of as rule-following "syntactic engines" that approximate idealized, meaning-tracking "semantic engines." He closes the chapter with an ingenious thought experiment concerning two connected computers--two "syntactic systems" designed to mirror the same "semantic system" (p.
A regular columnist with the British newspaper The Guardian, and a regular presenter of documentaries on the BBC, he's the author of seven books including his 2006 book, Heat: How To Stop The Planet From Burning, which he describes as "a thought experiment" designed to see whether Britain could achieve a ninety percent reduction in carbon emissions without economic or social catastrophe.
But in a simple thought experiment, libertarianism goes out the window.
Holmes and Yoshihara advance a useful thought experiment on why and how Japan would go nuclear.
Now compare this in a thought experiment with a similar test mass m with an identical distribution of mass but with all mass at a distance greater than [r.sub.p] set to zero.
As a thought experiment, I tried to imagine conversing with the driver at a cafe.
Sutcliffe presents this assessment of qualities needed for successful school leadership, based on discussion with many highly regarded head teachers and presented as a thought experiment on maintaining education on a desert island.