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To: snarks_when_bored

Yes but can an entire cat ever be in the cat state? I'm reminded of the difference between ordinary, incoherent light, and laser light. There's too much cat, made up of atoms all on different pages, so to speak, for the aggregate (cat) to be in a cat state.

Zeno would have loved this stuff.

By the way, does the cat's observation count for anything?


48 posted on 12/28/2005 3:18:43 PM PST by Graymatter
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To: Graymatter
Yes but can an entire cat ever be in the cat state?

You've placed your paw on the problem. Recent work suggests that above a certain level of molecular complexity, decoherence is unavoidable, and decoherence smears out the 'cat state' superpositions.

56 posted on 12/28/2005 4:01:54 PM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: Graymatter; theFIRMbss
Zeno would have loved this stuff.

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...

74 posted on 12/28/2005 6:42:57 PM PST by Erasmus (Getting captivated by modern music leads to Stockhausen Syndrome.)
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