Cats and Quantum Mechanics

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I’ve been thinking about cats and quantum mechanics. Specifically, I’ve been considering Schrödinger’s Cat, a famous thought experiment in quantum mechanics proposed by Erwin Schrödinger back in 1935.

If you touch it you change it!

Quantum Mechanics deals with atomic and sub-atomic particles and probabilities about measuring the behavior of these particles. For example, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle states that even the most precise measurement will be affected by the actual act of measuring, which means there will always be uncertainty involved whether the measurement is accurate.

Remember the Uncertainty Principle?

The Schrödinger’s Cat experiment was theoretical, which means there were no actual cats involved. I have to make this disclaimer now so no one will get upset when I get to the next part. In the experiment, a cat is placed into a sealed box with a Geiger counter, some radioactive material, and a vial of poison gas. As the radioactive particles decay they will trigger the Geiger counter, which will break open the vial and release the poison gas and kill the cat within the hour. Or will it?

This is where all the jokes fit, in this box.

There is a 50–50 chance the material will decay, but a precise measurement of this probability cannot be made, so we don’t know if the cat is alive or dead, there is no way to predict this and the only way to find out for sure is to open the box. According to quantum mechanics, while the box is closed the cat could be both alive and dead at the same time, as we don’t know for sure if the atom has decayed.

Even if you don’t believe in God, believe in Quantum Mechanics.

Schrödinger’s Cat summarizes everything that could be possible in my life or yours. We put it all in a box, and we cannot measure the probability that something will happen, but the act of attempting to measure that probability changes the future. This is the beauty of quantum mechanics.

Belief can change things.

While that situation is in the box there could be several outcomes, and your assessment of the probability, your belief that certain outcomes are possible, can change the situation in the box.

With Faith, all Things Are Possible!

There are some things we can’t control. I wouldn’t recommend trying to change the path of a hurricane by believing it won’t hit your house, but think of the other possibilities for your life. Don’t think you’ll ever get that amazing job, own a beautiful house, run a marathon, open your own business, go back to school, find your soul mate, or discover the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe? If that’s what you believe, then that is what your outcome will be, but by having faith and believing, you can change what’s inside the box.

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So put all your hopes, concerns, fears, desires, etc., in the Quantum box and know all possibilities exist with the same probability. Now put your hand on the lid, believe in the outcome you want, and open that box.

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