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Thought Experiments Can Be Checked With Logic

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Posted by Aurino Souza on April 9, 2003 13:05:57 UTC

" The problem with thought experiments is you can't check them "

That is true, but then how do you explain the fact that Einstein's predictions, based on his thought experiments, have all been confirmed?

I for one can't understand what an accelerating elevator has to do with a stationary massive object, but the fact that light bends around both must be more than a coincidence.

As to my thought experiment with baloons, checking it is beside the point. If you inflate the baloons at a constant rate, my calculations tell me that the distance between them will change exactly according to Newton's equations for gravity. But that in itself doesn't mean much.

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