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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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It can let the viewer engage in the thought experiment, while still experiencing its emotional impact.
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 students then traveled around the room commenting on the various thought experiments proposed on chart paper.
Another concern about Ignatieff's account of the relationship between the human rights thought experiment and his advocacy program centered on civic virtue, is that it amounts to a noble lie.
Again, we ignore the square function of s/t for the purpose of this immediate thought experiment and keep it for later mathematical exploration.
Later, he suggests something similar concerning a thought experiment concerning free will, writing that "I'm not claiming that my variations prove that people are or can be responsible in spite of being determined; I am just claiming that this particular intuition pump is not at all to be trusted since the (available, permissible) knob settings are interfering so much with our judgments" (p.
The thought experiment doesn't take much imagination, because something like it is playing out in real life.
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.
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.
com)-- The Futures Forum has launched a global thought experiment on "The Futures of Women 2030" in order to promote greater participation in review of scenarios about 21st century prospects for women; and improving the dialogue on the goals for women by the year 2030.