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#6 - whitemager **User deleted account** has deleted their comment [-]
#9 to #6 - batleth (01/27/2013) [-]
and if you think that's absurd, well, that was Schronger's point. He was comparing this scenario of a cat being both alive and dead with the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics which states that quantum particles exist in all their possible states simultaneously, until they are observed. (when they're observed the superposition collapses and the object is forced into one of the states of its wave function)
#10 to #9 - batleth (01/27/2013) [-]
*Scrodinger's
goddammit
#7 to #6 - batleth (01/27/2013) [-]
There is a 50% chance that the radiation will be emitted. However, even if it is emitted, it does not directly harm the cat (it's only a small amount) but it does set off the hammer that breaks the glass releasing the poison.
So there is a 50% chance that the cat is alive, 50% chance that it's dead. Until someone opens the box and sees what happened, the two states are superimposed, making the cat both alive and dead at the same time.
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