July 12, 2024
Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment in quantum mechanics that has puzzled everyone. The experiment involves placing a cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source connected to a Geiger counter in a sealed box. According to interpretations of quantum mechanics, the cat is considered to be both alive and dead at the same time until the box is opened and observed.  In this short animation, we hear from Christopher Fuchs, Marc Seguin, Donald Hoffman and Sean Carroll. They share their thoughts on questions about the nature of reality, the role of observation in quantum mechanics, and the nature of consciousness raised by this paradoxical scenario.