Thought experiments for kids
July 24, 2010 2:01 PM Subscribe
I like to ask my kids interesting, but age appropriate, ethical and epistemological questions while we sit around the dinner table. Help me think of some more.
I have two kids who enjoy this kind of talk. They are 9 and 12. I have asked them, for example, how they know that they are not just brains in vats that are being probed by scientists. (They loved that one). Would they steal medicine to save their sick child? Why? How about a sick stranger? If they met Hitler when he was four years old would they kill him? And a few others.
Remembering that they are kids, can you think of other interesting, conversation starting, challenging questions that I could bring up with them? If they are tied to current events that would probably be good, but thought experiments of all kinds are welcome.