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: