Schrodingers Cat
So in today's lecture you explained that the middle of an experiment shouldn't be questioned (in relation to the SUCK theory) you then applied this to Schrodinger's Cat experiment to show that the cat is in a superposition state during the course of the experiment.

My question then is; if say the experiment went for 1 hour, (that is the acid must either be released in an hour or not at all), and the experimenters do not measure the outcome for a month. When they open the box, the cat will obviously be alive or dead, but if its dead, how dead will it be? Will it appear as if it had just died moments before? Or would they find a rotten carcass due to the fact that the acid was released within the first hour, giving the cat 30 days to deteriorate?

-John Gilbert




Yep, a rotten carcass. In fact, after a month in a box, it'll be a rotten carcass regardless of whether the poison's been released! And you're right about the serious point: according to the SUCK theory, this will be the outcome even though we're not meant to ask what happened during the month.

Bohr had a response to this, of course. He thought that quantum mechanics was not meant to apply to this sort of experiment, and he had detailed reasons for saying that, although personally I don't think they're reasons that make any sense.

Jason