Posted: Jan 27, 2011 7:13 pm
by Panderos
Ok so, until I look in the box, the cat might be in the alive state, it might be in the dead state, or it might be in the superposition of dead and alive states.

Then I look and the wavefunction collapses and it will be either dead or alive.

But that implies theres something special about humans. That we have the power to make it so just by observing. But I've also heard, in reference to quantum computing, that 'even a passing electron can 'look' and collapse the wavefunction' of some delicate system. I think I've heard this anyway.

So surely, if electrons can do it, then a passing electron in the cat box will make the wavefunction collapse and I'll have nothing to do with it. So whats the answer?

Thanks.