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  1. #1 Multiple boxes, multiple cats, infinite possiblitites/probabilites 
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    In a sort of different probability realm than this forum seems to presently revolve in, someone was speaking of a box that does not exist. This made me think of Schrodinger's cat.

    The outcome of the cat when opening the box is dependent on what? On when the box is opened? On who opens the box? Both? Neither?

    Also, what if there are countless cats and countless boxes? And countless box openers? Would that mean infinite possibilities?


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    Infinite possibilities are not really a problem because there is a way to give each event a relative probability.
    In effect some events become infinitely improbable and when you sum them they cancel out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayflow View Post
    The outcome of the cat when opening the box is dependent on what? On when the box is opened? On who opens the box? Both? Neither?
    It depends on what happens inside the box.

    Also, what if there are countless cats and countless boxes? And countless box openers? Would that mean infinite possibilities?
    No.
    The more boxes you have the closer the result will be to the statistical result.
    I.e. if it's 50/50 for the gas/ poison/ whatever to go off then then the closer you'll get to 50% cats alive/ 50% cats dead.
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    I was thinking more along the lines that opening the box and finding the cat here dead does not mean that a cat in a box somewhere else is dead. You are talking about statistical averages so would your statistical average make you the average age and intelligence and race and creed and gender of that average?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayflow View Post
    I was thinking more along the lines that opening the box and finding the cat here dead does not mean that a cat in a box somewhere else is dead.
    Correct.

    You are talking about statistical averages so would your statistical average make you the average age and intelligence and race and creed and gender of that average?
    Not even close to being a rational comment...
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    Whether it is dead or not depends on every object in the universe. But the point is whether it depends more or less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raising my hand View Post
    Whether it is dead or not depends on every object in the universe. But the point is whether it depends more or less.
    I agree but I don't think it is just every object, but I think the mind and it's expectations and beliefs is the deciding factor.
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    I think we'll have to combine objects with minds. They both decide.
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