The Value of Thought Experiments

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Science is rooted in "empiricism" -- the idea that the only way to learn about nature is via experiment and observation. But what if you could gain new knowledge just by thinking about a problem? In this feature for The Philosopher's Zone, on ABC Radio National (Australia), I look at the strange world of "thought experiments." (See also my feature in Aeon from December 2017.)