The two girls Jane and Sue were playing hopscotch, when suddenly the Twilight Zone stepped in and they entered a parallel universe. Susie got sucked into a wall as she plunged into an alternate universe, or an alternate reality. Was little Susie still alive, or was she like Schrodinger’s cat, both alive and dead at the same time. These girls knew nothing about quantum physics, but from Jane’s point of view, she felt like Susie would never return and if she did somehow, Jane knew that she would never be the same.
Solid objects contain more space than stuff, as atoms are mostly space with numerous, sparsely-scattered electric charges, so our classical intuition fails at the quantum level. This is where your imagination will be stretched, the world becomes an extraordinarily peculiar place, because small things don’t behave like big things, you may have to say farewell to reality, as it may not actually exist and you will learn to comprehend the uncertainty principle. Water will still be wet, fire will be hot and gravity will make things fall, but bizarre things will become manifested, because our minds perceive how an object should behave, while Schrödinger’s cat tells us that the conjectured state of things, might just be imagined, not actually existing, until they are measured, allowing past behavior to change, based on what we see.
Schrödinger used a cat to explain that superposition in the microscopic world was replaced by macroscopic terms, so the average person could visualize and understand. The cat will be both dead and alive until someone looked in the box. In quantum mechanics lingo, the cat’s ability to be both alive and dead until it is observed is referred to as quantum indeterminacy or the observer’s paradox. The logic behind the observer’s paradox is the proven ability of observation to influence outcomes. In the experiment, the observer cannot know whether or not an atom of the substance has decayed, and consequently, does not know whether the vial of radioactive poison that was placed in the box with the cat had been broken or not and whether or not the cat had been killed, or if it survived. Thus Schrodinger’s cat existed in two different realities, much like little Susie who was now stuck in the wall. What was Susie’s reality like? Would Susie be able to break on through to the other side, or would she be stuck in the middle?
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie NEKNEERAJ’s Photo Challenge #267.