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# when is Schroedinger's cat dead, and when is it not?

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Wed 8 Jun, 2011 10:16 pm
@maxdancona,
That's a far different proposal from stating that the cat "does not exist" while not being observed, though.
zt09

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 01:49 am
the same cat exists or not depending on whether or not it's being observed.

Just imagine a black box (the same as in the S-cat example) that completely isolates the cat from the outside world. That's all. The cat has only one state - "not exists". Please notice that no animals were hurt during the expiriment.

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 07:18 am
@zt09,
"The same cat?" Please define "same."

The state of the cat, indeterminate or dead, depends on whether it has been observed.

The cat, the physical matter that makes up the cat, exists independent of whether it is being observed or not, though.
igm

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 07:37 am
Can you prove that i.e. can you prove that the so-called external world exists independently of the observer?
zt09

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 07:46 am
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The cat, the physical matter that makes up the cat, exists independent of whether it is being observed or not, though.

How do you know if there is no way to determine if the cat exists from outside the box?
igm

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 08:06 am
@maxdancona,
I agree this was the reported intent i.e. to show the absurdity.
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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 08:59 am
@igm,
I have faith that the world is not a solipsist fantasy.

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 09:01 am
@zt09,
See above.

Assuming that the world is not a solipsist fantasy, I believe in the mass/energy conservation law. Things that exist continue to exist.
igm

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 09:55 am
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I have faith that the world is not a solipsist fantasy.

Are you sure that solipsism is the only conclusion to be drawn from my post? I would say that observers can't be said to be independent of that which is observed but surely that is not the same as the accepted definition of solipsism because the subject and object when the subject is not an observer is nevertheless not independent of the object since independent existence cannot be found. The subject when not observing will still not be independent of the object that may in due course be observed.
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zt09

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 10:21 am
Solipsism is the idea that only one observer (myself) is sure to exist. I do not claim that there is the only observer dependant reality. I just say that reality is observer dependant.
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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 10:27 am
Both of you seem to be proposing that only the part of the universe you're observing can be "proven" to exist. Seems like solipsistic B.S. to me.
igm

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 10:46 am
Let’s not forget that what 'maxdoncona' said many posts ago: “Actually it was the opposite. Schroedinger's cat was not invented to explain anything. It was invented to show the apparent absurdity of the implications of the mathematics behind Quantum mechanics. It is an obvious paradox.” is historically correct.
zt09

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 10:57 am
Observing, influencing, interacting, knowing - whatever you call it. Gravitation is a kind of interaction too. So each particle or combination of particles including human bodies may be regarded as an observer with its unique reality.

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 11:12 am
@igm,
Yes, that's was its intended purpose, but it turned out that reality is as absurd as the example.

Not sure what you think that adds to the conversation....

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 11:13 am
@zt09,
zt09 wrote:

Observing, influencing, interacting, knowing - whatever you call it. Gravitation is a kind of interaction too. So each particle or combination of particles including human bodies may be regarded as an observer with its unique reality.

No, it's all the same reality with each observer having a unique perspective (or frame of reference).
igm

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 11:56 am
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Yes, that's was its intended purpose, but it turned out that reality is as absurd as the example.

Not sure what you think that adds to the conversation....

Isn’t the example an example of a paradox? Do we get any further debating a paradox as if it wasn't one?
zt09

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 12:54 pm
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each observer having a unique perspective

Ok. And if each observer occupies its own frame of reference and sees things from its own unique perspective then how can one know for sure there is a reality out there that
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exists independent of whether it is being observed or not
, the same reality?

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 02:23 pm
@zt09,
Lol.

You're free to travel down that rabbit hole if you wish, but I'm just going to assume we all exist in the same universe.
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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 02:23 pm
@igm,
igm

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Thu 9 Jun, 2011 04:20 pm
maxdoncona wrote:

Schroedinger's cat was not invented to explain anything. It was invented to show the apparent absurdity of the implications of the mathematics behind Quantum mechanics. It is an obvious paradox.

I agree with maxdoncona that 'Schroedinger's cat' is a paradox if I use this common definition: a figure of speech in which a statement appears to contradict itself e.g. a cat that is both alive and dead at the same time. The result of the thought experiment is more likely to be faulty mathematics based on unprovable axioms i.e. axioms are not self-evident truths in any sort of rational system, they are unprovable assumptions.

We aren't debating if a given state is 1 or 0 or both at the same time but if a cat can be both alive and dead at the same time...I think it's more likely to be faulty mathematics.

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