Revised Schrödinger's cat experiment challenges reality

A classic experiment gets an update that contradicts key assumptions of quantum mechanics.

  • Physicists revise the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment.
  • The new version leads to contradictions in quantum theory.
  • Scientists are stumped by the implications.
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What do you really believe? Take the Truth-Demon Test.

Do we really believe everything we say? Are you always trying to establish the truth when you argue? This thought experiment will help answer these questions.

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Most of us have views on politics, current events, religion, society, morality and sport, and we spend a lot of time expressing these views, whether in conversation or on social media. We argue for our positions, and get annoyed if they are challenged. Why do we do this? The obvious answer is that we believe the views we express (ie, we think they are true), and we want to get others to believe them too, because they are true. We want the truth to prevail. That's how it seems. But do we really believe everything we say? Are you always trying to establish the truth when you argue, or might there be other motives at work?

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Learn How to Think Like Einstein

Albert Einstein's famous thought experiments led to groundbreaking ideas.

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921. Photo by F. Schmutzer.

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