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Schrödinger’s Cat Executive Decision Maker uses science to answer your questions

Making decisions can be pretty tough sometimes. When you have two options that both have a similar amount of pros and cons, it can seem like a coin toss would almost be the best way to solve the matter. But how scientific is that method, really? Sure, there’s a true 50/50 chance, but if someone asks how you came to your final conclusion, is that what you really want to tell them? If you want there to be more of a scientific explanation behind your decision, you should try using quantum mechanics. Specifically, the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. That’s right, I’m talking about Schrödinger’s cat.

If you’re not a science nerd, and aren’t familiar with Schrödinger, or his cat, I’ll point you to this Wikipedia entry. After you give that a quick read, you’ll understand why this would be the perfect way to make a decision. Of course, obtaining the radioactive material and cyanide necessary to complete the experiment is not an easy task. And that says nothing of how inhumane it would be to use a real cat. That’s why ThinkGeek has put together their own Schrödinger’s Cat Executive Decision Maker.

This box simulates the experiment that Erwin Schrödinger proposed all those long years ago. When you open the box, you’ll either see a cat that either dead, or alive. Assume that alive means yes, while dead means no, and you’ve got yourself a great decision maker. And when someone wants to know how you came to your conclusion, just tell them that you used science, and asked a cat. This scientific tool will set you back just $30, and only requires 3 AA batteries to operate.

Scott – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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