Thought Experiments

General Thinking Tools

A technique popularized by Einstein, the thought experiment is a way to logically carry out a test in one’s own head that would be very difficult or impossible to perform in real life. With the thought experiment as a tool, we can solve problems with intuition and logic that could not be demonstrated physically, as with Einstein imagining himself traveling on a beam of light in order to solve the problem of relativity. - Shane Parrish “considers some hypothesis, theory, or principle for the purpose of thinking through its consequences.” (related: counterfactual thinking) - Gabriel Weinberg'

Resource Datasbase

Shane Parrish's Farnam Street Mental Model Guide --- Gabriel Weinberg's Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful