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.