I am taking modern physics this year, and I am going through some intro QM before I actually tackle it in class, so perhaps I am wrong: It seems to me that the wavefunction is more of a mathematical tool than a real natural phenomenon. I.e. matter waves seem more to me as information waves- a mathematical approach to find probability of position and momentum. Saying that schrodingers cat is dead and alive seems completely absurd, and it seems to me that rather, we know from schrodingers equation that there is a probability that a cat is dead or alive, but not both dead or alive. We comfirm our estimate when we open the box. Am I correct? Ive been going through some popular sci type of resources on QM and it seems a lot of the people writing about this use really lax language, and make QM seem mystical and metaphysical while to me, it seems mostly about a theory on what we can know, rather than how nature behaves. saying that the cat is dead and alive is this type of language usage that deeply disturbs me, because then you have philosophers and mystical charlatans abusing of scientific theories. Furthermore, it seems a lot of physicists are partly blame to this, because they think mathematical models are nature, while in reality they are not. Its like saying a computational model of the universe is the universe. So then, you get physicists playing philosophy and to an extent, becoming religious by saying that the equations in their paper are nature and that nature follows "laws", and therefore it makes the whole physics deal seem mystical and metaphysical while it is not. What do you think about this?