Another day, another serious post. Breaking form from my recent spate of humour, I've been doing a lot of thinking. Theological thinking, to be specific. Although this sort of thinking is normally done by people in brown frocks, my brain seems to be in Theological Thought Mode 2.13 today. It's been like that ever since I got the Theological Thought Upgrade, Service Pack 2.
To get back to my topic, how many people here know about Schrodinger's Cat Box?
It's very simple, really:
"Schrodinger's cat is a famous illustration of the principle in quantum theory of superposition, proposed by Erwin Schrodinger in 1935. Schrodinger's cat serves to demonstrate the apparent conflict between what quantum theory tells us is true about the nature and behavior of matter on the microscopic level and what we observe to be true about the nature and behavior of matter on the macroscopic level.
First, we have a living cat and place it in a thick lead box. At this stage, there is no question that the cat is alive. We then throw in a vial of cyanide and seal the box. We do not know if the cat is alive or if it has broken the cyanide capsule and died. Since we do not know, the cat is both dead and alive, according to quantum law, in a superposition of states. It is only when we break open the box and learn the condition of the cat that the superposition is lost, and the cat becomes one or the other (dead or alive). We know that superposition actually occurs at the subatomic level, because there are observable effects of interference, in which a single particle is demonstrated to be in multiple locations simultaneously. What that fact implies about the nature of reality on the observable level (cats, for example, as opposed to electrons) is one of the stickiest areas of quantum physics. Schrodinger himself said, later in life, that he wished he had never met that cat. "
Now, let's extend the thought process a little further, beyond this blasted quantum cat!
What if you put Jesus inside the box?
Or, as many people seem to believe that God and Jesus are one and the same, and arguing this point with me is about as useful and pragmatic as arguing whether Eminem is better than Vanilla Ice, what will happen if you place your favourite deity inside the box?
Will HE be there? Or won't HE? (Note: Most deities are male, for obvious reasons)
Evidently the people who wrote the Bible didn't know about the implications of Schrodinger's cat box experiment. (Note: Reproducing this experiment at home would be rather cruel. Substituting a vulture for the cat would be better, as you'll be helping decrease the rapidly increasing pre-Armageddon vulture population). This is sad, because it's a simple experiment that could have been done even in Biblical times by the great thinkers of the period!
Surely the brains of JWD can figure out this puzzle?