Solving Schrodinger's Cat Paradox: Is a Superman the Answer?

In summary, In quantum mechanics, Schrodinger's cat is considered to be both alive and dead at the same time, as described by Schrodinger's wave function. This is because the cat's state is unknown and can only be determined by measuring it. The concept of the cat being in both states simultaneously also applies to other particles, such as photons or electrons, which can have their states changed by measuring them.
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ssampak
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Consider Schrodinger's cat. In QM we say that the cat is alive and dead.(as we wrote them in Schrodinger's wave function)
That's because nobody knows the cat's state.

What if there is a poison-proof superman in the box with the cat or let's say there is a poison critical to cat but not to human. Of course this man would not do a thing with the cat's state but only tell the cat's state every regular time.
Then what can we say?

Am I asking a dumb thing here?
Is this because we considered a 'cat' ? If we consider a photon or electron (something of which state could be changed only by measuring(this time actually looking at the cat), then can we say it in other way?

Somebody help me out.
 
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ssampak said:
Consider Schrodinger's cat. In QM we say that the cat is alive and dead.(as we wrote them in Schrodinger's wave function)
That's because nobody knows the cat's state.
No. The cat is actually in both states at once.
 
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I must say that the proposed solution of using a Superman in the Schrodinger's cat paradox is not a scientifically supported answer. While it may seem like an interesting idea, it does not align with the principles of quantum mechanics. In QM, the concept of superposition allows for multiple states to exist simultaneously, until they are observed or measured. This means that the cat can be both alive and dead at the same time until someone opens the box and observes it.

Introducing a poison-proof superman or any other external factor into the experiment would change the dynamics of the experiment and make it difficult to accurately interpret the results. Additionally, QM applies to all particles and systems, not just cats. So, the same principles would apply to a photon or electron as well.

The idea of a superman in the box also raises ethical concerns. It is not ethical to put any living being, including a superman, in a potentially harmful situation without their consent.

In conclusion, the Schrodinger's cat paradox is a thought experiment that helps us understand the principles of quantum mechanics and does not have a definitive answer. Introducing external factors, like a superman, goes against the principles of QM and is not a scientifically supported solution.
 

1. What is Schrodinger's Cat Paradox?

Schrodinger's Cat Paradox is a thought experiment created by physicist Erwin Schrodinger in 1935. It involves a cat in a sealed box with a vial of poison that is set to be released by a radioactive decay. The paradox questions whether the cat is alive or dead inside the box, as both possibilities exist until the box is opened and observed.

2. How does Superman relate to Schrodinger's Cat Paradox?

Superman has been proposed as a solution to the paradox, as his superpowers allow him to both be inside and outside the box at the same time, thus being able to observe the cat and determine its fate without opening the box.

3. Is Superman a scientifically valid solution to the paradox?

No, Superman is not a scientifically valid solution. While the concept of quantum superposition allows for multiple possibilities to exist simultaneously, it does not apply to macroscopic objects like Superman. Additionally, Superman's abilities are not based on scientific principles and cannot be used to solve the paradox.

4. Are there any potential solutions to Schrodinger's Cat Paradox?

There are several proposed solutions to the paradox, such as the Many-Worlds Interpretation and the Copenhagen Interpretation. These theories suggest that the cat exists in multiple states simultaneously until observed, and the act of observation collapses the wave function and determines the cat's fate.

5. Why is Schrodinger's Cat Paradox important in the field of quantum mechanics?

Schrodinger's Cat Paradox highlights the concept of quantum superposition and the role of observation in determining reality. It also challenges our understanding of the classical world and the limitations of our current scientific theories. The paradox continues to be a topic of discussion and research in the field of quantum mechanics.

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