“The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflection. The water has no mind to receive their image.” Text: Haiku by Zenrin Kushu. Nancy Wilson Ross, The World of Zen: An East-West Anthology. Vintage Books, New York, 1960. Erwin Schrodinger (1935) proposed a hypothetical experiment in which a cat is placed in a windowless box with a lump of radioactive matter, which has a 50% chance of emitting a particle in a one-hour period. When the particle decays, it triggers a Geiger counter and a hammer smashes a flask of poison gas, killing the cat. Quantum mechanics dictates that after one hour, if no one has looked in the box, the radioactive lump is both decayed and undecayed, and the cat is both dead and alive – a simultaneity of parallel and indistinguishable states. Recreating Young’s experiment, recent experiments have shown that a photon (light particle) will be forced to choose between going through one slit or the other or both at once depending on the experiment itself. i.e., physical phenomena are somehow defined by the questions we ask of them. Quantum particles are neither waves nor particles but are intrinsically undefined until the moment they are measured. Like Schrodinger’s cat, the particles exist in a state of superposition. Image: Schrodinger’s Cat: Schrodingers_cat.pnguniversetoday.com

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