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    From Symmetry Magazine, announced on Twitter - a play about parallel universes as told through a relationship between a cosmologist and a beekeeper...

    https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/art...llel-universes

    Quantum groundhog day?


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    Hmm
    By the rules of quantum mechanics, until someone opened the chamber, the cat existed in a state of superposition: simultaneously alive and dead.
    Looks like someone doesn't know what he's talking about...


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    I actually saw this play when it was here in Portland. The lead male was played by Silas Wier Mitchell, Who for those that watched it, played Monroe on the TV series Grimm (which also filmed here in Portland.)
    "Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feelings for the strength of their argument.
    The heated mind resents the chill touch & relentless scrutiny of logic"-W.E. Gladstone


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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantumologist View Post
    From Symmetry Magazine, announced on Twitter - a play about parallel universes as told through a relationship between a cosmologist and a beekeeper...

    https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/art...llel-universes

    Quantum groundhog day?
    Sounds interesting. I like that sort of thing.
    Without wishing to overstate my case, everything in the observable universe definitely has its origins in Northamptonshire -- Alan Moore
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Hmm
    By the rules of quantum mechanics, until someone opened the chamber, the cat existed in a state of superposition: simultaneously alive and dead.
    Looks like someone doesn't know what he's talking about...
    To be fair, that is the way this is nearly always described; e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schrödinger%27s_cat

    The fact that Schroedinger presented it to show how ridiculous the Copenhagen interpretation is (i.e. an argument from incredulity) is often forgotten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    To be fair, that is the way this is nearly always described
    I agree. I just dislike the fact that it is propagated that way.

    Sounds interesting. I like that sort of thing.
    I can recommend Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (the film version with Gary Oldman and Tim Roth but the play is also worth catching): quite a few science (and philosophy) references - most of them where one (or other1) of the protagonists gets this close to the conclusion before being distracted.


    1 Or, in the spirit of the play, I could say "where the other (or one) of the..." since for at least part of it even the two main characters are not sure who is whom.
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    Schrödinger and Heisenberg get pulled over by a cop for speeding. The cop asks "Do you know how fast you were going?" Heisenberg replies "No, because we knew exactly where we were." Thinking this to be suspicious the cop searches the car and asks them to pop the trunk. He then returns to the window and says "Did you know you had a dead cat in your trunk?" and Schrödinger replies "Well, we couldn't be sure until someone looked." They were both promptly arrested.
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    Absolutely love Gary Oldman so will look out for the recommended film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Quantumologist View Post
    From Symmetry Magazine, announced on Twitter - a play about parallel universes as told through a relationship between a cosmologist and a beekeeper...

    https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/art...llel-universes

    Quantum groundhog day?
    Sounds interesting. I like that sort of thing.
    It was an enjoyable play. The synopsis in the link doesn't do it full justice. Each replay of a scene isn't just a different version, but represents one of four different "levels" in the the Multiverse/many worlds interpretation. As explained in the playbook, these are based on the thoughts of Max Tegmark The Universes of Max Tegmark. The levels run from a mirror "universe" where things are pretty much the same as ours, with minor differences, to one where the very laws of physics can differ. In the play, these levels are represented through the relationship between the two characters at different points.
    "Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feelings for the strength of their argument.
    The heated mind resents the chill touch & relentless scrutiny of logic"-W.E. Gladstone


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