thought experiment

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thought experiment

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Similar to physics, these experts will have to indulge publicly in Gedankenexperimente to demonstrate their skills to earn the public trust ...
Sobre la naturaleza de tales experimentos, es decir, si se trata de ayudas a la investigacion, de soporte a los experimentos fisicos, si su naturaleza es real o si son meros Gedankenexperimente utiles para la reflexion, remito a los estudios sobre las consideraciones epistemologicas de las simulaciones de Varenne (2001), Winsberg (2003) y Frigg & Hartmann (2006).
A favourite metaphor Galileo employed in his Gedankenexperimente to describe the speed of thought is the horse, resulting in the analogy that "il discorrere e come il correre." Calvino valued Galileo's prose for this ability to merge a method of reasoning--the essential features of "il pensar bene" being speed and the agility of thought--with literary style (Saggi 1.