[LMB] OT: Does the cat know?

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Sat Jun 1 01:05:03 BST 2019


On Tue, 28 May 2019 16:22:15 -0400, Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com>
wrote:

>The point isn't that the cat is both alive and dead.  The point is that,
>until you have some data that permits you to distinguish one state from the
>other, they're indistinguishable.  When the point is put so simply, it
>becomes obvious.

The Gedankenexperiment posits that the cat is in a superposition of
states, both alive and dead, until an observation is made which
collapses the wavefunction.  In practice, the cat is an observer (and
not a disinterested one!).
--
-The Devil's Dictionary, 1911
pray, v. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a
single petitioner confessedly unworthy. (Ambrose Bierce)


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