Thought Experiments

The Life of the Mind 13: Thought Experiment Descriptor

Posted in Thought Experiments on October 19th, 2015 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

Thought Experiments is a category belonging to The Life of the Mind that contains mental exercises in which the reader is asked to think about things from a particular perspective. The perspective could be anchored in a context, story, or could simply be a question that the reader was unlikely to consider before the experiment. Thought experiments are often found inside larger arguments as a means of priming the mind in a particular direction, but they are distinct from arguments in they don’t try to force you to a particular conclusion. They are also different from “traps and intuitions” in that they are not trying get the reader to experience tension between ideas. A thought experiment is more like ringing a bell and listening carefully.

The Life of the Mind 7: The Veil of Ignorance

Posted in Thought Experiments on May 11th, 2015 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

If you were to decide the rules of a social order without knowledge of your own talents, race, gender…any of your natural attributes, and you also didn’t know what position you would be put into in a society, which rules would you decide on for the society?