[LMB] OT: Does the cat know?

Joel Polowin jpolowin at hotmail.com
Sat Jun 1 18:04:06 BST 2019


"A. Marina Fournier" <saffronrose at me.com> wrote:
>> 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!).
> 
> Thought/thinking-experiment?

Thought experiment.  It's a term used in the sciences to describe an
"experiment" which is impractical to perform for real, but where it's
sufficient to think through the logical and inevitable consequences
of the proposal to prove some point.  The term is German (perhaps
obviously), because of the physicists who came up with the concept.
Einstein was noted for them, in his work on relativity.

Joel


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