Schrödinger’s LifeDeath





The existential status of Schrödinger’s cat is undecidable. Only intervention from outside the box, opening the box, may decide whether the cat is dead or alive. For Schrödinger it illustrated what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics applied to everyday objects. The outcome would depend upon an anterior random event. Concerning the EPR article of Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen, the Copenhagen Interpretation implies that the state of the two systems collapses into a decisive, determinable state only when one of the systems is measured, thus implying that prior to the measuring the two systems coexist. To Schrödinger the experiment is meant to expose the untenably bizarreness of the Copenhagen Interpretation, and thus the paradox should be understood as a classical reductio ad absurdum.

Prior to coming-into existence there is nothing, nil. Solely a there-being, thus dependent upon the enigmatic passage from the Nothing to Being, can ever attest that things are, that there is an existence and that dead and living things perdure. Upon vanishing from existence there is again the Nothing.

From the side of what we call Death there is really nothing; it is Life that posits itself as a Something. Could we not thus be posited as such Schrödinger cats?

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