History UsefulNotes / SchrodingersCat

13th Jun '16 4:40:06 PM HiddenWindshield
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* In a supplemental ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' comic:
-->'''[=GLaDOS=]''': Do you know that thought experiment with the cat in the box with the poison? Theory requires the cat be both alive and dead until observed. Well, I actually performed the experiment. Dozens of times. The bad news is that reality doesn't exist. The good news is we have a new cat graveyard.
** The same comic later compares Chell to the cat, surviving in stasis but with no guarantee she'll ever be woken up.
** There was an achievement in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' called Schrödinger's Catch, which involved catching a box before it hit the ground. Doing the catch the ''intended'' way [[ExactWords as opposed to the easy way]] involves catching it with no idea of where it will land in a large room. Possibly also a reference to the comic.
** Also mentioned by the Fact Core:
-->'''Fact Core''': The Schrödinger's Cat paradox outlines a situation in which a cat in a box must be considered, for all intents and purposes, simultaneously alive and dead. Schrödinger created this paradox as a justification for killing cats.
** One of Ratman's dens early in the game has a diagram of a cat apparently jumping out of a box, with quantum physics equations scribbled all over it.

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* In a supplemental ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' comic:
-->'''[=GLaDOS=]''': Do you know that thought experiment with the cat in the box with the poison? Theory requires the cat be both alive and dead until observed. Well, I actually performed the experiment. Dozens of times. The bad news is that reality doesn't exist. The good news is we have a new cat graveyard.
** The same comic later compares Chell to the cat, surviving in stasis but with no guarantee she'll ever be woken up.
** There was an achievement in
''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' makes several references to it. See also the ''Portal 2: Lab Rat'' entry below.
** One of Rattman's [[RoomFullOfCrazy dens]] early in the game has a diagram of a cat apparently jumping out of a box, with quantum physics equations scribbled all over it.
** There's an achievement
called Schrödinger's Catch, which involved catching a bouncing box before it hit the ground. Doing ground without knowing beforehand which way the catch the ''intended'' way [[ExactWords as opposed to the easy way]] involves catching it with no idea of where it box will land in a large room. Possibly also a reference to the comic.
bounce.
** Also mentioned by the [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Fact Core:
-->'''Fact
Core]] during the {{final boss}} battle:
--->'''Fact
Core''': The Schrödinger's Cat paradox outlines a situation in which a cat in a box must be considered, for all intents and purposes, simultaneously alive and dead. Schrödinger created this paradox as a justification for killing cats.
** One of Ratman's dens early in the game has a diagram of a cat apparently jumping out of a box, with quantum physics equations scribbled all over it.
cats.



* Doug Rattman, at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}: Lab Rat'' (comic that ties the two VideoGame/{{Portal}} games together), considers Chell to be like a Schrödinger's Cat.
-->"Both alive and dead, until someone opens the box."

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* Doug Rattman, at the end of In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}: Lab Rat'' (comic (the comic that ties the two VideoGame/{{Portal}} ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' games together), considers there are a couple references.
** [=GLaDOS=] [[UnreliableNarrator claims]] to have actually done the experiment.
--->'''[=GLaDOS=]''': Do you know that thought experiment with the cat in the box with the poison? Theory requires the cat be both alive and dead until observed. Well, I actually performed the experiment. Dozens of times. The bad news is that reality doesn't exist. The good news is [[BlackComedy we have a new cat graveyard]].
** At the end of the comic, Doug Rattman compares
Chell to the cat, surviving in [[HumanPopsicle stasis]] but with no guarantee she'll ever be like a Schrödinger's Cat.
-->"Both
woken up.
--->'''Rattman''': Both
alive and dead, until someone opens the box."
15th Apr '16 3:06:10 PM LordOfTheSword
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This thought experiment immediately became popular as a metaphor for uncertainty of the [[TruthAndLies truth]], [[SlidingScaleOfFateVsFreeWill fate]], Quantum Physics, [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything how quantum physics can do anything]], and whatever the hell is inside that box. Ironically, the original experiment was used to show how ''stupid'' the idea of superposition was.

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This thought experiment immediately became popular as a metaphor for uncertainty of the [[TruthAndLies truth]], [[SlidingScaleOfFateVsFreeWill fate]], Quantum Physics, [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything how quantum physics can do anything]], and whatever the hell is inside that box. Ironically, the original experiment [[PoesLaw was used to show how ''stupid'' how]] ''[[PoesLaw stupid]]'' [[PoesLaw the idea of superposition was.
was]].
7th Feb '16 2:58:56 AM Arawn999
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* In ''Manga/KoiNeko'', [[spoiler:Inaho the kitsune presents Shinta with a mysterious box that, when opened, will cause one of the two Naos - {{Cat Girl}}s who were once kittens he looked after as a child - to disappear. The reason for this is that one of them died, but both wished to be with Shinta]].
27th Dec '15 1:51:15 PM nombretomado
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* The third season premiere of ''SixFeetUnder'' opens with Nate trapped in a MentalWorld with recurring references to Schrödinger's Cat, highlighting the fact that he's in an in-between state [[spoiler:while undergoing risky brain surgery]] and won't know where he is until he actually takes a risk and "opens the box."

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* The third season premiere of ''SixFeetUnder'' ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' opens with Nate trapped in a MentalWorld with recurring references to Schrödinger's Cat, highlighting the fact that he's in an in-between state [[spoiler:while undergoing risky brain surgery]] and won't know where he is until he actually takes a risk and "opens the box."
15th Dec '15 8:54:00 PM FF32
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* [[SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2144 2144]] is, in usual SCP fashion, an attempt to turn the trope into mild creepypasta. 2144 is a cat who is invisible to cameras, inaudible to microphones, and intangible to weighing scales, yet very lively and animate as long as it stays in an open area (humans can see/hear/touch it just fine, but they can't feel its heartbeat). If you force it into an enclosed area it immediately becomes comatose, but cameras and microphones can detect it again. Oh, and it emits deadly radiation and exhales hydrogen cyanide while comatose. Fortunately for everyone else it has an aversion to open doors and windows.

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* [[SCPFoundation [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2144 2144]] is, in usual SCP fashion, an attempt to turn the trope into mild creepypasta. 2144 is a cat who is invisible to cameras, inaudible to microphones, and intangible to weighing scales, yet very lively and animate as long as it stays in an open area (humans can see/hear/touch it just fine, but they can't feel its heartbeat). If you force it into an enclosed area it immediately becomes comatose, but cameras and microphones can detect it again. Oh, and it emits deadly radiation and exhales hydrogen cyanide while comatose. Fortunately for everyone else it has an aversion to open doors and windows.
4th Nov '15 4:57:47 PM nombretomado
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* In one ''TheMightyThor'' story, Donald Blake references Schrödinger's cat in describing the Odinsleep, saying the sleeper is in a state between life and death.
* Played with in ''TheIncredibleHercules'', where Amadeus Cho finds himself playing a deadly Role-Playing Game (itself a SchrodingersButterfly of a sort), in which his character, Mastermind Excello, encounters a box containing a cat that is literally both dead and alive in the lair of a MadScientist.

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* In one ''TheMightyThor'' ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' story, Donald Blake references Schrödinger's cat in describing the Odinsleep, saying the sleeper is in a state between life and death.
* Played with in ''TheIncredibleHercules'', ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules'', where Amadeus Cho finds himself playing a deadly Role-Playing Game (itself a SchrodingersButterfly of a sort), in which his character, Mastermind Excello, encounters a box containing a cat that is literally both dead and alive in the lair of a MadScientist.
30th Sep '15 2:27:33 PM TARINunit9
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* [[SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2144 2144]], a cat that's animate but without any measurable life signs (including weight) in an open area and "dead" but measurable and emits deadly radiation in enclosed areas (fortunately for everyone else it has an aversion to open doors and windows).

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* [[SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2144 2144]], 2144]] is, in usual SCP fashion, an attempt to turn the trope into mild creepypasta. 2144 is a cat that's who is invisible to cameras, inaudible to microphones, and intangible to weighing scales, yet very lively and animate but without any measurable life signs (including weight) as long as it stays in an open area (humans can see/hear/touch it just fine, but they can't feel its heartbeat). If you force it into an enclosed area it immediately becomes comatose, but cameras and "dead" but measurable microphones can detect it again. Oh, and it emits deadly radiation in enclosed areas (fortunately and exhales hydrogen cyanide while comatose. Fortunately for everyone else it has an aversion to open doors and windows).windows.
30th Sep '15 2:18:22 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Website/{{Cracked}} used a similar punchline to the above in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19419_6-parodies-that-succeeded-because-nobody-got-joke.html this article]]:

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* Website/{{Cracked}} used a similar punchline to the above in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19419_6-parodies-that-succeeded-because-nobody-got-joke.html this article]]:
30th Sep '15 2:08:44 PM TARINunit9
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* Website/{{Cracked}} used a similar punchline to the above in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19419_6-parodies-that-succeeded-because-nobody-got-joke.html this article]]:
-->The cat just dies, and you're just an asshole.
7th Sep '15 3:06:44 PM FF32
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* One of the "[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/extras/ps000029.html extra]]" pages from ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' depicts the Midnight Crew unleashing hundreds of these cats, existing in every possible state between alive and dead, on the Wasp Professor.
-->And unfortunately for the Professor... EVERY ONE OF THOSE CAT STATES IS UNBELIEVABLY DEADLY.
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