Schrodinger’s Cat


The next large California earthquake has been referred to as the “Really Big One.” However, for many people, the really big one refers to the question about one’s purpose in life. Who am I and why am I here? Without the answers to those questions, life often seems pointless.

On the TV series What We Still Don’t Know, cosmologist and astrophysicist Martin Rees did a program entitled “Are We Real?” As Rees said, life is the most mysterious of all the wonders of creation because atoms have been assembled in such a way so that they can ponder their own existence. It’s important to note, though, that such a process requires intelligent design.

However, the question should not be are we real. Of course, life is real, at least on some level. The question should be “What is Life?” Quantum physicists like Einstein, Planck and Bohm have stated that life is an illusion, that atoms are energy rather than matter. However, even these great scientific minds have been unable to grasp the mystery of life.

In The Republic, Plato argued that the objects we perceive are not the ultimate reality, but more like a shadow of reality. Lincoln Barnett similarly wrote in The Universe and Dr. Einstein, “ Along with philosophers’ reduction of all objective reality to a shadow-world of perceptions, scientists have become aware of the alarming limitations of man’s senses.” So all that we feel, smell, taste and see has been created from the information we receive through our sensory system. All we ever know of the world around us are the images produced in the mind. We never experience the physical world directly; color, sound and smell are not qualities of the physical world as they exist only in the mind. That’s all that our perception of reality is then – the mind’s interpretation of electrical signals.

Why is the human race unable to use its brain power to deduce the answer to this illusive question? Well, for starters science is limited to things that have both a cause and effect in this physical universe. The so-called scientific method is a process of measurement and observation. So with respect to what lies beyond space and time, science can only theorize about such things (like the multiverse or the existence of God).

Many prominent quantum physicists have come to the conclusion that the real mystery revolves around the idea that matter does not create consciousness but rather consciousness creates matter instead. Physicist David Bohm has stated that our reality is the result of the interaction of what he calls the implicate and explicate orders. Michael Talbot, in his book The Holographic Universe, described Bohm’s theory this way, “Our brains mathematically construct objective reality by interpreting frequencies that are ultimately projections from another dimension, a deeper order of existence that is beyond both space and time.” The inference is that the quantum world is real and is creating the physical world as a virtual reality.

So, is Schrödinger’s cat dead or alive? If you don’t know, or care, just take the blue pill and go back to sleep.



From a scientific standpoint, Einstein stated that time and space are not natural (somebody constructed them). In a similar vein, philosopher Immanuel Kant argued that time and space are not inherent qualities of the physical world but rather a reflection of the way the mind operates. Bottom line: the entire universe exists within the mind, not the other way around.



“The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.”                

   – John Wheeler, physicist







10 Responses to “Schrodinger’s Cat”

  1. Nan said

    This is a subject that totally fascinates me. Some of it makes sense … sorta’ … but much of it is waaaaay over my head. I guess my consciousness is simply not conscious enough to figure it all out. 😉

    Thought-provoking post.

    • chicagoja said

      Do we even have a head? Science says that matter is an illusion, that us humans are energy, and not physical beings. As far as Schrodinger’s Cat is concerned, science answers that question with another question: “If a tree falls in a forest and nobody hears it, does it exist?” So Schrodinger’s Cat is dead or alive only after it is observed (which theory resulted from the famous Double Slit Experiment.

      • Nan said

        Yeah, right … Got it!

        Seriously, I tend to think we’re energy but it’s difficult to get past us being able to “see and feel” ourselves. Complex, mind-bending theories like these tend to take us out of “ourselves.”

      • chicagoja said

        Maybe, we should think of ourselves as not really being here, but rather being somewhere else and then projecting “ourselves” into this dimension. The fact that the laws of quantum physics are different from the laws of classical physics suggests such a thing. Thanks for commenting; you’re always very insightful.

  2. justagrumpyoldman said

    Interestingly, Schrodinger pursued the question from the Newtonian perspective of `if’ the cat is alive or dead in an attempt to discredit the `Copenhagen Interpretation’ whereas from a quantum mechanical perspective, the cat is neither dead nor alive.

    Perhaps he was not in a position to record the results of such an experiment in the 1930s. Similarly, the Zen Koans could neither be proven nor disproven (the sound of the tree falling in the forest etc) without a a recording device 1000 thousand years ago. But then again these Koans were designed to escape the duality of our thinking/existence, to attain a non-duality beyond our mind’s interpretations of our physical senses.

    And then along comes quantum mechanics to state what the Zen Buddhists have known for over a thousand years.

    The reason that the human race is unable to use its brain power to deduce the answer to that elusive question of the purpose of life, is because the brain is a tool steeped in duality to look around us and work it out. The answer is so simple and yet we ignore it.

    There is a purpose to life, to existence and to everything it encompasses, both inside and without. Both Quantum and Newtonian principles are designed to uphold that one purpose and support the one reason we are here and who we are.

    Another good article there Warrior… very thought provoking

  3. babarahs said

    Interesting that I am in process of reading The Self Aware Universe by Amit Goswami and he has a whole section to Schrodinger’s Cat…after reading it, I wondered I could choose some outcomes for things in my life…so I closed my eyes and visualized what I saw in my box…my mind…and believe it or not…that one outcome did appear as I saw in the ‘box’…in my mind…to someone who watched it would have seemed a miracle…but I was not amazed, but only smiled for it only proved to me that YES… I can choose outcomes….with that said, I have not been able to repeat…YET…I guess due to not yet fully grasping the full deeper understanding of it…but if I can do something once…then I CAN do it all the time…once I fully GET IT…I’m working on it daily…

    • chicagoja said

      Thanks for commenting. There are books that you can get on the art of visualization. Visualization is related to the Law of Attraction as you probably already know. The mind can only focus on one thing at a time. Whatever you focus on tends to grow because we are electromagnetic broadcasters and receivers and we therefore attract those things that harmonize with our dominant thoughts. Good luck GETTING IT.

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