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The cat in the machine: Consciousness and the collapse of the wavefunction

Fletcher, Neville H.


Schrodinger's famous thought experiment about a cat in a box is included in almost all books and courses on quantum mechanics, but is generally presented as a paradox without a solution. This informal essay discusses the problem and suggests that it is not really insoluble at all, but rather that it leads to a common-sense interpretation of the 'real' meaning of the quantum wavefunction.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: The Physicist


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