Schrodinger's Cat and the Doors of Perception

Posted Nov. 16, 2013 by frequencytuner in Open

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commented on May 28, 2014
by dustproduction



Schrödinger's cat:

A cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor detects radioactivity (i.e. a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead. This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other.


“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is…infinite.” - William Blake

What does this mean to you?

  • Anonymous Icon

    dustproduction May 28, 2014

    Re: No. It isn't...

    Do tell us sll how it isn't then, please.

    There were several other discussions that I started for your benefit, but then you were gone.

  • marshallbarnes May 27, 2014

    Huh, frequencytuner,

    It doesn't pose any such question because you already answered it in the description. Well, maybe you didn't realize you did. The answer is that superposition ends when you look inside the box.

    As for the Huxley quote, has nothing to do with it. One is an external objective phenomena and the other, subjective and internal...

    dustproduction: No. It isn't...

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    dustproduction Nov 19, 2013

    Isn't Schrodinger's cat just like the self; we exist in both stated of our inner conflict until there is an observer?

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