Did Albert Einstein Let His Thought Experiments Deceive Him?

Let’s do some blaspheming. Did he, who knew so much, know how easily the mind can deceive itself?

Perhaps he didn’t care. In the About This Book review at Amazon there is this line: [Walter] Isaacson’s biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality.

I had downloaded the sample and when I saw that line I wanted more information on whether the rebellious nature the review alleges made inevitable Einstein’s refusal to test his conclusions empirically. When such testing is not possible, why did he not do what scientists must do: withhold judgment? Unless they want to do scifi?

What say you?

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