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originally posted by: moebius
Imho people tend to seriously overthink the thought experiment.
When you open the box the subject will be either alive or dead. And if it is dead, an autopsy will be able to say the approximate time of its death.
Going a step further one could also place a camera in the box recording the whole thing, and watch the recording after opening the box to see the exact moment of death.
The important thing to understand imho is that quantum systems will approach classical behavior with increasing amount of interaction with the environment (other quantum systems). There is no need for wave function collapses and special "conscious" observers.
originally posted by: rom12345
the cat is an allegory.
You may ask why he chose a cat ?
Was his choice of a cat deterministic, probabilistic, or philosophical ?
I think Schrödinger just hated Cats
originally posted by: micpsi
originally posted by: sapien82
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
To be fair, the thought experiment is supposed to be absurd. Schrodinger sided with Einstein in taking a more classic/realist approach to quantum mechanics (God does not play dice.) They believed that the Copenhagen interpretation, developed by Bohr and Heisenberg, was nonsensical.
That's what Schrodinger was trying to get across with his cat in a box.
Looking at it as a whole , reality is nonsensical
No. Our quantum-mechanical depiction of reality is what is nonsensical. That's why many physicists want to overthrow the Copenhagen Interpretation. A cat is not a qunatum object so it is not subject to the Supposition Principle.