NotGraphs Science Experiment: Schrödinger’s Big Cat

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Andres Galarraga is definitely inside this box.

Inside of this box has recently been placed a flask of poison, a bit of radioactive material, a Geiger counter, and — largely against his will, it should be said — former Colorado and Montreal first baseman Andres Galarraga (known commonly during his career as The Big Cat). The equipment has been arranged such that, should the Geiger counter detect the decay of even one atom over the next hour, it will release a hammer and shatter the flask of poison, thus killing Andres Galarraga. The likelihood of such a contingency is about 50%.

Questions:

1. An hour from now, when the box is opened, will Andres Galarraga be alive or dead?

2. If Andres Galarraga is alive, how angry will he probably be?




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Ron
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Ron
2 years 5 months ago

Isn’t the point of this to understand what state Andres Galarraga is in right now?

I don’t think he would be angry at all, it might be a great experience to hang in that balance where you are both dead and alive. He might in fact come out with knowledge that none of us have.

The Return of Rambo Diaz
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The Return of Rambo Diaz
2 years 5 months ago

According to Wikipedia, Galarraga’s current state is Florida.

Yirmiyahu
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2 years 5 months ago

His current state is definitely angry. And zombie (somewhere between dead and alive).

My echo and bunnymen
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2 years 5 months ago

Uh… what? Zombies are pretty definitively defined as being dead. Possibly the thing you seek is a vegetative state, since the state of whether the subject is “alive” or “dead” is still vastly in question and subjective.

Aaron
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Aaron
2 years 5 months ago

Counterpoint: Zombies are “undead.” Please advise if this changes the calculus, because I am not an expert on such things.

Aaron
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Aaron
2 years 5 months ago

The principle of quantum superposition would reinforce the idea that, at any time during the next hour, The Big Cat is both alive and dead. But in both of of these states, he is angry.

Yirmiyahu
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2 years 5 months ago

Shit, I stole your comment. That’s what happens when you don’t scroll down all the way.

Aaron
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Aaron
2 years 5 months ago

Nope, you added “zombie.” So I think it’s a legitimate comment on its own.

Distinguished
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Distinguished
2 years 5 months ago

You sayin’ light is both a wave and a particle? Get outta here!

Embiggens Papiamentu
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Embiggens Papiamentu
2 years 5 months ago

How did Galarraga get forced into the box? Was entanglement employed in any way?

A eskpert
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A eskpert
2 years 5 months ago

Andres is 6’3″ and 250 lbs. Obviously that means only the catlike Jose Altuve could have rendered his position such that it was within the confines of said box.

2.10892233859176487777512
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2.10892233859176487777512
2 years 5 months ago

= the Fielder/Altuve constant

hansman1982
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hansman1982
2 years 5 months ago

Are we observing the box during the hour? Then Gallaraga could be inside and outside the box and alive and dead until we actually observe the box.

In all of these states he could be angry and not angry.

My guess is in an hour he will be outside of the box, alive and very angry, awaiting your return.

Mike Green
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Mike Green
2 years 5 months ago

Galarraga is, whether dead or alive, definitely angry. The decision to have Elvis Costello’s “The Invisible Man” playing non-stop for the hour did not help his mood.

YABooble
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YABooble
2 years 5 months ago

BREAKING NEWS: Box Denies Rumored Interest In Kendry Morales, Says Not A Good Fit With Galarraga Already In The Fold.

MikeS
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MikeS
2 years 5 months ago

1. An hour from now, when the box is opened, will Andres Galarraga be alive or dead?

Yes.

RJ3
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RJ3
2 years 5 months ago

Best notgraphs post ever!!!

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