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Offline cheryl j

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If you connect a larger system to a quantum one, what happens? Is the cat dead or alive or both? Can you really say you don't know until you look? Don't we have some kind of CO2 dead cat detector which would tell us?


 

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The cat must be either dead or alive, but it cannot be both because the cat is so large (macroscopic) that it behave like a classic system.
The property of being 'alive' or 'dead' may not apply to small quantum objects.
 

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The Schrödinger's cat paridigm is from 1935.
At over 78 years old now...  surely it is long DEAD.

Schrödinger passed away January 4, 1961, 52 years ago which is still far beyond the probable lifespan of any housecat.
 

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is there an answer to whether Schrodinger's cat is dead yet?

Yes, or perhaps no, or maybe. You won't know until you open the box.
 

Offline Bill S

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Quote from: Alancalverd
Yes, or perhaps no, or maybe. You won't know until you open the box.

Absolutely - I think!  but that's through lack of knowledge, rather than definite uncertainty. :)
 

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But what was the cat's momentum or direction of travel at point of death?
 

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The cat always knows whether he's alive or dead though.
 

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It wasn't a cat, it was a ferret, but nobody bothered to look. If they had then they would have noticed that the ferret had worms, one of which had eaten an infinitesimally small hole in the bottom of the box through which the ferret escaped having been legally joined with a very large ferret in another universe.
 

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