Top 10 Most Famous THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS

Thought experiments are mental concepts or hypotheses, often resembling riddles, which are used by philosophers and scientists as simple ways of illuminating what are usually very dense ideas. Most often, they’re used in more abstract fields like philosophy and theoretical physics, where physical experiments aren’t possible. They serve as some hearty food for thought, but given their complex subject matter, it’s not unusual for even the thought experiment itself to be nearly incomprehensible. With this in mind, here are ten of the most famous thought experiments, along with explanations of the philosophical, scientific, and ethical ideas they work to explain:

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10. The Trolley Problem
9. The Cow in the Field
8. The Ticking Time Bomb
7. Einstein’s Light Beam
6. The Ship of Theseus
5. Galileo’s Gravity Experiment
4. Monkeys and Typewriters
3. The Chinese Room
2. Schrodinger’s Cat
1. Brain in a Vat

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