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Schrödinger's cat, often described as a paradox, is a thought experiment devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics being applied to everyday objects, by considering the example of a cat that may be either alive or dead, according to an earlier random event.
Originally posted by UK Wizard
Without opening the box and presuming we can't see inside the box with any other means how are we to determine whether the cat is alive or dead before the opening of the box at the allotted hour?
Originally posted by alaskan
Couldn't you just shake the box?
Originally posted by Mr Mxyztplk
No offense but this is one of the dumbest thins I have ever read. This is not a paradox; this is someone just trying to sound smart.
The answer to this idiocy is you can’t, you can’t have knowledge about a subject without direct or indirect observations. Observation is how we obtain knowledge.
Originally posted by Cadbury
Tell that to Erwin Schrödinger...
Did you just describe a paradox?
1. a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
2. a self-contradictory and false proposition.
3. any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature.
4. an opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion.
Originally posted by whatukno
reply to post by UK Wizard
Dude shake the box and see if the cat meows. I mean seriously, this guy wasnt too bright.