There are thoughts and ideas in life and in theory that leave our mind in a mess and on a Tuesday morning leave us thinking it’s the Wednesday before Christmas. I hope to bring some of these to you and leave you with little to say (maybe) and much to think about.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

The Schrodinger’s Cat

Before I start – this is not a real experiment, it’s a thought experiment that took place in the early 20th century to demonstrate Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle but didn’t and shouldn’t take place!

A vile of poison is placed in a box and set to release if a geiger counter measuring atomic decay registers any radioactivity that occurs.

The cat is placed into this box for an hour and left.

Obviously after the hour has passed the box is opened and we know if the cat is alive or dead. But my question is this: In the hour where the box is sealed (and you can’t open it) is the cat alive or dead?

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20 thoughts on “Philosophical Conundrums – Schrodinger’s Cat

  1. I’ve written about Schrodinger and that damned cat a few times: “You can’t claim that just because you put something in a box, that it exists in two simultaneous states. I mean, you can CLAIM it, but just because you say something doesn’t make it true. You can SPECULATE on the state of the cat, but that doesn’t change the fact that a cat isn’t f*cking magic. As you can see, I would have made an awesome physicist.” Haha!

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    1. To be fair you would because they was exactly what Schroedinger was trying to say.
      The Copenhagen principal says that in quantum physics that atoms and elections could be in multiple locations and States and m at the same time.
      The cat thought experiment was to demonstrate that couldn’t be the case.

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  2. Having once scrolled the Internet to learn something of the Uncertainty Principle, I can say with, or without fear of contradiction, taking into account the variables displayed or theoretically possible (or impossible), the answer is.
    Yes, or no. As the case maybe.

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  3. At some point, Einstein wrote up his own version of the Schrodinger’s Cat thought experiment, but instead of a cat that was either dead or alive, it was a very tiny sample of gunpowder that either had or had not gone off. As a cat lover, I prefer Einstein’s version.

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