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1) Although the two images I will focus on are certainly examples of gedankenexperiments Einstein reported them both to have arisen as dreams, or at least as daydreams.
Furthermore, art is frequently described as a kind of Gedankenexperiment, a means of testing ideas.
El juego de lenguaje del arte es un gedankenexperiment (experimento mental) un juego de lenguaje ficticio que usa los recursos de la ficcion para dibujar escenarios mentales en los cuales podamos tomar la suficiente distancia de las situaciones y tener vias de acceso al sentido del mundo.
Dabei geraten bei Puskin sowohl die rezeptions- wie auch die produktionsasthetische Seite in den Blick: In "Dubrovskij" legt Puskin die illusionare Seite des romantischen Leserbewusstseins offen, in "Sceny iz rycarskich vremen" verarbeitet er in einem dramatischen Gedankenexperiment drangende Fragen seiner eigenen kunstlerischen und gesellschaftlichen Existenz.
Glaucon's gedankenexperiment, in which the distinction between the just and the unjust is subverted and social order usurped by confusion and indeterminacy (Plato[Lee] 1987: 46-53), is of course not unlike Luhmann's (1979) own counterfactual world.
We can, in principle, carry this out as a Gedankenexperiment ("thought experiment"): imagine that, throughout the course of the experiment, we add or remove exactly the right amount of species o so as to hold its biomass constant.
In the Science of Mechanics, a few pages after coining the expression Gedankenexperiment, Mach writes:
196-7) makes clear, the point of Schrodinger's original use of his famous feline Gedankenexperiment was precisely to distinguish these two ways of looking at quantum theory, and to point out that unlike the view of the theory that he himself shared with Einstein, that of their Copenhagen opponents would be saddled with the problem of the nature and timing of measurement.
Whereas under the Newtonian regime "mass is energy" would have "simply obscurely suggested that one see a certain feature of the world as characterized by unheard-of properties", in the larger textual environment of relativity theory that Einstein's gedankenexperiment of riding on a light beam led to, "mass is energy" is now literally true.
Consider a Gedankenexperiment based on an anti-Algol: this language makes no provision for computing values; it assumes that values will be computed by external library routines.