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Old 07-29-2013, 08:50 PM
wstewart wstewart is offline
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The more complete the descriptions in thought experiment, the more likely the derived inferences are to be correct.
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This is nonsense, A detailed description is just as likely to be wrong as a vague description is likely to be correct. I once worked with an engineer who thought that because he was paid more his ideas were more likely to be correct, most people in the office were laughing at his ineptness. You can have a detailed description of fiction as well as an incomplete description of the truth.
Nonsense? It's just a common criticism of sci-fi thought experiments, where functional description isn't possible. If you want to explore the issue, see e.g. Wilkes: 'Real People: Personal Identity without Thought Experiments', Rescher: 'What If?: Thought Experimentation in Philosophy'.
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