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Recent Examples on the Web So why the sudden interest in this thought experiment of sorts? Mara Santilli, SELF, 22 Apr. 2022 The YouTube channel Kurzgesagt followed this thought experiment to its apocalyptic conclusion. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 22 Apr. 2022 In 1961 a prominent theorist, Eugene Wigner, proposed a thought experiment similar to the conundrum of Schrödinger’s cat. John Horgan, Scientific American, 2 Feb. 2022 Consider this a thought experiment — a group brainstorm that invites us all to imagine a better working world. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2022 Too late for this year, but a thought experiment for going forward. Ginny Hogan, The New Yorker, 16 Apr. 2022 Schrödinger coined this term while developing the thought experiment. Peggy Landsman, Scientific American, 21 Mar. 2022 But running that thought experiment in our heads sure can be fruitful and fun. Damon Linker, The Week, 7 July 2021 In terms of our thought experiment, that was not a coincidence. Stephon Alexander, Wired, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Thought experiment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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