Traditionally, thought experiments are highly-structured hypothetical questions that employ “What if?” in some fashion in the fields of philosophy, physics and other sciences. I use the term “Thought Experiment” in the broadest and loosest sense of the term.
My thought experiments are designed to:
- Help us understand the way we think through reflection on the experiment.
- Identify flaws in the way we have been educated.
- Help us find the right question. For example, it does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?
- Show how all things are subject to interpretation.
- Show how to look at the same thing as everyone else and see something different
- Encourage different ways of thinking.
- Encourage fluidity in thought.
- Challenge functional fixedness which is a cognitive bias that limits a person to using an object only in the way is traditionally used.
- Promote thinking beyond the boundaries of already established fact.
Library of Thought Experiments:
- Artificial Intelligence Experiment
Test Yourself Against Artificial Intelligence
- The Thog Problem
A demonstration of the subtlety involved with the exclusive “or.”
- The Matchstick Problem
Change your perception to solve problems that learned processes have “proven” unsolvable.
- The Letter K
Facial feedback … an odd psychological phenomenon that makes emotions change based upon facial expressions
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How much information do we passively absorb?
- When is a chair not a chair?
The pitfalls of logic.
- Prolonged Inspection
Change the way you perceive anything through prolonged inspection.
- Art & Poetry without Motive
Incorporating randomness removes the prejudices that the conditioning of our upbringing and culture impose
- The Imaginary House
This is a fun experiment to help you gain insight into how others see you.
- Writing a Letter to Your Unconsciousness
Try this useful technique to connect with your unconscious mind and have it work on a problem for you.
- What Do You See?
Your perception is often affected by your environment.
- Chinese Puzzle
How good are you at discovering what patterns represent?