On 4/26/16 11:56 AM, Mike Fontenot wrote:
> It seems to me that this issue COULD have been easily resolved by
> experiment in Schrodinger's time.
> After a week or so, the experimenter opens the
> box. If the milk is observed to be spoiled, then clearly the collapse
> happened days ago, not just now by the conscious observation.
I've just realized that my modified experiment DOESN'T allow the
observer to determine the time of collapse. Regardless of whether the
collapse occurs immediately after the decay, or a week later when the
observer opens the box, the process of milk spoilage begins (if it ever
happens at all) when the atom decays and causes the refrigeration to be
turned off. When the undecayed atom is placed in the box, the state of
the atom is "undecayed". But immediately the state becomes a
superposition of "decayed" and "undecayed", with the complex weighing
factor for the "decayed" component starting out small, but growing as
time passes. And for the "decayed" component, the spoiling process
begins its progression immediately. Whenever the collapse occurs, if
the resulting state is "decayed", the progression of the spoilage of the
milk will smoothly continue on, uninterrupted by the collapse. If the
state after the collapse is "undecayed", the decayed component of the
superposition ceases to exist at the collapse, and the spoilage of milk
in that component ceases to progress because it no longer exists.
-- Mike Fontenot