Thought experiments are challenges that break your conventional patterns of thinking. They mobilise the imagination to remould our point of view for a brief but brilliant moment.
This article by Jon Hawkins is a fantastic introduction to thought experiments. All four examples he gives could be life-changing, since they force us to take a different perspective and potentially disperse strongly-held feelings.
I can’t think of a better way to “flex” the cerebellum. Think of thought experiments as yoga for the mind.
I’m particularly fond of Rawls’ “Veil of Ignorance”. I’m convinced that this thought experiment should be taught to school kids, so they can better understand empathy as they grow up to be citizens. It also seems like fun to design a society from the ground up!
Four Philosophical Thought Experiments That Will Change Your Perspective
Stories and prompts that will question your values, morals, and how you live your daily life.
If you’re interested in philosophy or think a lot about the issues and dilemmas that modern society faces, The Apeiron Blog is a superb Medium-powered publication, I highly recommend it.
Jon is a great young writer helping to popularize philosophy as a practice that we can all use to improve our lives and those around us. He has the same zeal I do.