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Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment, often described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics being applied to everyday objects.

A cat is penned up in a steel chamber, along with the following diabolical device (which must be secured against direct interference by the cat): in a Geiger counter there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small that perhaps in the course of one hour one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none; if it happens, the counter tube discharges and through a relay releases a hammer which shatters a small flask of hydrocyanic acid.  What happens to the cat?

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This is a classic thought expanding experiment, which aims to get you to think outside the box. There is really no right answer to this one.

A man and his son are in a car crash. The man dies and the son is badly wounded. When the son reaches the hospital, the surgeon who is scheduled to operate on him exclaims, “I cannot operate on him: he is my son!” How can this be?

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I thought that having a series with some puzzles, riddles, and thought experiments would be fun. So put on your thinking caps and get ready for some fun. Winners will get announced in each subsequent post.

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Under the Falls

Under the Falls

So going with the laziness on my part theme, here is another photo and song. For the song, go here.

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The Lone Tree

The Lone Tree

 Click for the music.

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Merry Chistmas


Whatever you celebrate this time of year, I wish you a merry holiday and a blessed New Year.

A White Christmas Morning

A White Christmas Morning

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I decided to borrow this idea from http://blog.rtd13.com/.  Just click on the image for the song.  I actually won a photo contest with this photo, so I hope you like it.

REFLECTIONS

REFLECTIONS

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