squashed said: Schrodinger’s cat. The radioactive thing either emits or doesn’t emit a thing that resolves into one state once it’s detected and then the thing catches it and smashes the poison or doesn’t catch it and doesn’t smash the poison so the cat is in flux.
bbrmn said: schrodinger’s cat is a quantum mechanics illustration. basically a cat gets locked in a box which can not be observed from the outside with a radioactive substance that will kill it. once the box is closed, the cat is both dead and alive til observed