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Quantum Mindfuck

December 30, 2005

Vacation science reading: …a cat is locked in a box where the decay of a radioactive particle will cause the release of poison that will kill it. If the particle has a 50-50 chance of decaying, then according to quantum mechanics the cat is… [Punch line coming up…] — Quantum Trickery: Testing Einstein’s Strangest Theory is a fascinating article about quantum mechanics, or “spooky action at a distance,” as Einstein criticized. Deepak Chopra might call this phenomenon the work of God. — The punch line to that joke? …the cat is both alive and dead before we look in the box…

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