The famous Schrödinger's cat cannot have been in a superpositional state. Is it only used to visualize how superpositional states work on an abstract level?
Because what Schrödinger's cat did to me was make me think quantom superpositions were just a philosophical, abstract thing, just like "does an explosion that nobody hears make a sound?" If quantom superpositions actually is a true state, than the cat experiment wasn't very effective in my case.
If the cat has set chance of dying in that box each second/minute/hour etc. determined by the quantom mechanics of radiactive decay, then the cat is in a superpositional state of neither being dead nor alive and both, upon being locked in that box. Then when you open the box later, you find the cat dead and determine that it's no longer in a superpositional state, but dead.
But if you had the technology to replay the cat's memories post-mortem, you'd be able to find the exact time of death. Thus, you'd either have to conclude that you were wrong, and that the cat never was in a super positional state; that it was alive, and then died; or you'd have to propose that by replaying the cat's memories, you effectively time-travelled and changed it so that the cat wasn't in a superpositional state.
Maybe this was another extremely stupid thread because it's obvious the Schrödinger's cat is just a thought experiment", but a lot of scientists seem to think of Schrödinger's cat as more than just a thought experiment. Idk, what are your thoughts or facts on this?
Post by Adaminaby Angler on Nov 21, 2018 13:35:19 GMT -5
If this codsawllop is what counts as "science" nowadays, then bugger me sideways...
"Below 40 degrees South, there is no Law; Below 50 degrees South, there is no Rescue; Below 60 degrees South, there is no Hope; Below 70 degrees South, there is no God." — Mariner's adage, 'Round Cape Horn.
This mental experiment, or paradox, was originally intended to show how absurd some quantum mechanics consequences would be if literally applied in the macroscopic world where we live.
It doesn't make sense to think too much about that poor cat. On the other hand, analogous situations absolutely make sense (and can also be the only possible solution) when talking about electrons, fotons and so on (as a chemist, my knowledge on the topic is actually quite limited, but generally speaking QM is not intuitive at all).