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The Guardsman huffed.
Mon Feb 16, 2015 20:02

"Oh, please," he muttered under his breath. "The entire point of the so-called "Schrödinger's cat" paradox is to prove that the entire concept of a system being in two conflicting states at once is ridiculous. One thing just happens and then you just open the box to find out what it is."

Naya rolled her eyes. "So... are you just going to apply classical mechanics to everything?" she whispered back.

"I'm not saying that! It's just that once these primitives figure out that all of their measurements were missing key variables then they'll get their heads out of the ground and see that quantum mechanics isn't as confusing as they thought it was."

"Oh yeah, and you know all of this like the back of your hand," snorted the quarian.

The Time Lord scowled at his partner. "As a matter of fact, I do." He pointed a thumb at himself. "Time Lord Academy of Gallifrey graduate, specialization in TARDIS micro-multidimensional systems. And yes, that includes complex quantum effects."

"You're full of it."

"Bah, whatever," said the Guardsman and continued to pout in his corner.

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((Seriously, guys. The wave function is only a probability function. Unlike classical mechanics, which allows you to make highly accurate predictions about a system, quantum mechanics only describes the probability of events happening. Your actual measurement interacts with the system under observation, thus changing the result (ex. detecting photons or measuring electron spin). That's why we say the waveform collapsed: we went ahead and poked it with a stick!


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