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Thought experiments can help you solve a problem early

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/01/21

Important logical principle to take away from [WayBack] The dialog manager, part 2: Creating the frame window – The Old New Thing:

If you’re not sure whether something is true, ask yourself, “What would the world be like if it were true?” If you find a logical consequence that is obviously wrong, then you have just proven [by contradiction] that the thing you’re considering is indeed not true.

Thought experiments like these can really help you get a feel for parts of a problem before you completely resolve the full problem.

Related: Thought experiment – Wikipedia

–jeroen

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