What is Schrodinger's Cat?

Schrodinger’s Cat refers to an imaginary experiment, never actually carried out, in which a cat is placed in a box along with a vial of poison.  A hammer trips and breaks the vial or does not trip and does not release the poison depending on a random quantum event.  Quantum physics requires the cat to go into two superimposed states, one of being half dead and the other of being half alive.  Only when the box is opened does reality “collapse in” on the events.

It may be counterintuitive to accept that two cats, one alive and the other dead, can simultaneously exist within the same box.  Yet an understanding of Schrodinger's Cat is essential to the comprehension of parallel universes, multiple realities or a “many worlds" interpretation of reality.

Key to the understanding of Schrodinger's Cat is “Wigner's friend,” the name given to the man who opens the box containing Schrodinger's cat.  What processes within his brain cause his mind to accept one reality and reject the other?

Recent discoveries in quantum physics (the study of the physics of sub-atomic particles) and in cosmology (the branch of astronomy that deals with the universe taken as a whole) shed new light on how mind interacts with matter.  These discoveries compel acceptance of the idea that there is far more than just one universe and that we constantly interact with many of these “hidden” universes.

Unfortunately, most books on quantum cosmology are written in language that an ordinary intelligent person cannot understand. 

What is needed is an understandable source that explains the concepts of Schrodinger's Cat, parallel universes, the many-worlds hypothesis, and their relationship to perceived reality––a source that brings together the contributions of such greats as:

Alain Aspect (the Aspect experiment)
John Stewart Bell (Bell's Theorem)
David Bohm
David Deutsch
Bryce DeWitt
Sir John Eccles
Albert Einstein
Hugh Everett
Stephen Hawking
Douglas Hofstadter
Fred Hoyle
Julian Jaynes
Sir James Jeans
Carl Jung
Subhash Kak
Sir Charles Lyell
Hermann Minkowski
Karl Pribram
Rupert Sheldrake
Neil Sloane
John Wheeler

What is needed is a source that makes clear the concept of Schrodinger's Cat, multiple reality, the nature of the multiverse (or superuniverse), and the true meaning of Schrodinger's Cat and the two-slit experiment.  Needed is a resource that explains in understandable, non-mathematical terms everything from Schrodinger's Cat to the big bang hypothesis to morphogenetic fields.

Such a source exists.

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