posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 01:14 PM
That's why the metaphor works for quantum mechanics. By observing, you effect the outcome.
Perhaps there are more interactions in play within the context of the metaphor also. Maybe the cat can be dead, alive, or some stasis in between
OR.... the cat can be there, notthere. I think this works well when figuring in metaphysical observations as well.
I've always enjoyed toying with this and other though experiements. Good thread.
[edit to wax philosophically]
LIkewise, with quantum interactions, those that observe the interactions actually change the outcome. A person with proper equipment can observe
the location of a particle, or observe its probability..... perhaps it helps to think of it as a 'probability field' wherein the particle does not
exist at any one location, but an array of locations, and the particle itself does not have any specific properties, but a probability that is
measurable as to atomic weight, mass, etc.
Meanwhile, I'll keep my cats here at my feet where they belong. Safe, unfettered, and sleepy.
[edit on 12-6-2008 by argentus]