Schrödinger the Cat

“Arf!” barked Cleo.  “Arf Arf!”  (Marley’s retort).

“Alert barks!” realized the Doctor.

There was either a mouse in the house, or a cat or a rat.

Once the Doctor had a cat.  His name was Schrödinger.  Schrödinger had the unique ability to be dead and alive at the same time.  Schrödinger taught the Doctor how to think about paradoxes and entanglement.

Scho

Schrödinger the 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.

Entanglement

Schrodingger kept disappearing, appearing, and reappearing. The Doctor got so frustrated he gave it to the animal shelter in the 1st multi-verse he was able to enter safely.

Harriett

About Harriett Raptor

Eight-year-old mother of five, fluent in telepathy, a possessor of genetic memory, a genius and scholar. Harriett holds the equivalent of a PhD in philosophy, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and the Homo sapiens’ concept of the humanities. Her understanding of mathematics and logic are beyond Homo sapiens’ current comprehension. Harriett is a thinker, a wise osprey, especially distinguished for her expertise in the Homo sapiens problem.
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