Exploring the Laboratory of the Mind

Article Summary

What are `thought experiments`? In this article, Martin Cohen draws on his previous works to consider a classic (and oft misunderstood) experiment of Galileo Galilei.

What are ‘thought experiments’?

Well, perhaps the best definition is that they are a particular kind of mental ‘what if’ musing that must resemble an experiment. Unlike everyday experiments though, they are often launched with a ‘jarring counterfactual’ that transport the mind to a distant alternative world, before then offering a more familiar narrative constructed around everyday details.


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Article written by:
Martin Cohen