Here’s an excerpt from the amazing book *Now: The Physics of Time *by Richard A. Muller

*“Schrödinger asked us to imagine a cat in a box. The box also contains a radioactive atom that has a 50 percent probability of undergoing decay in the next hour. If it decays, it will trigger a mechanism that kills the cat… Until someone peeks, the cat is simultaneously both dead and alive… I asked my wife, Rosemary (an architect), to read this chapter. She found the section on Schrödinger’s cat, …, completely incredible. She refused to believe that any scientist could seriously postulate both an alive and a dead cat simultaneously. That notion was so absurd, so ridiculous, that she stopped at this point and would not read the rest of the chapter… How do today’s physicists respond to … the ridiculous example of Schrödinger’s cat? They don’t. Schrödinger’s cat still bothers them today, when they think about it.”*

So… In light of this – I have an explanation that may not be as ‘bothersome’ to some people. Maybe it would even have a chance of convincing Rosemary to keep reading.

Here is Schrödinger’s cat explained in terms of my idea which I call Scale Theory. You don’t have to fully ‘get’ the theory to understand the explanation as it applies to Schrödinger’s cat. But in short – Scale Theory proposes that scale is a dimension, just as “up and down” is a dimension. And that at scale extremes (very large and very small), the fabric of the universe is warped or collapsed. Now don’t freak out – Einstein takes the blame for proposing that the universe is bendable – not me.

So – (and stay with me here) where the “information” about Schrödinger’s cat resides (at very small scales) – time and space are warped or collapsed. In this place, time doesn’t exist as we know it in a before, now and after fashion. In this place, there’s room for all “befores”, all “nows”, and all “afters”. Yes, there’s even room for information about both a “living cat” and a “dead cat”.

Ok – So here’s what’s happening with Schrödinger’s cat:

Since time is collapsed at very small scales where the information about the cat’s fate “originates”, both possibilities happily coexist, superimposed on top of each other.

Then – due to a quirk or limitation of this bent scale-time arrangement – as the information transitions or makes its way to where we reside – in the flat (unbent) regions of the universe – not all of the information can make the journey. Yes – that’s right – some of the information must be left behind.

Think of it this way. What if the fans of the Rolling Stones all wanting to attend a limited engagement concert, where tickets are awarded by lottery? Due to a limitation of the venue – not all of the fans will make it into the concert. But just because some unlucky fans didn’t get in, doesn’t mean that these fans didn’t exist. Right?

So back to the cat. At the start, the information about both the living cat and the dead cat exists in the realm of the very small – where in my theory – things are bent on top of each other. Then, the information that successfully makes its way into the larger scale, unbent realm, where we reside: that information becomes what we call the ‘measured’ or ‘observed’ information.

In his book *Now: The Physics of Time*, Muller asks, “What does it take to make the wave function collapse? We don’t know. I’m serious. When physicists don’t understand something, they frequently give it a name just to be able to talk about the puzzle. In this case, the thing that makes the wave function collapse is a measurement. As I just said, we don’t know what we mean by that.”

Scale Theory answers this question. The wave function collapses because there are not enough dimensions at the scale we occupy to describe the data that exists at the sub-plank scale. The measurement set represents the Rolling Stones fans that win the lottery. So if the information about the living cat wins the lottery and makes the journey – we will observe (measure) the living cat.

This means that the dead cat information doesn’t make its way to us. But, just as we know that the loosing Rolling Stones fans exist, so to do we know that the information about the dead cat also exists. The good news for the 3D cat is that (in this example) it didn’t have to die. The living breathing cat didn’t have to ever be both dead and alive. It’s just the original information about the dead and living cat that was required to coexist.

And what determines which information makes it through? A special lottery defined by Schrödinger himself. You see, the probability of a given piece of information making it through to our scale is described by the Schrödinger wave function. This **wave function** gives the probability of observing (measuring) the cat (particle) in a certain condition (position).

And there you have it, the Scale Theory explanation of Schrödinger’s cat. Maybe this explanation sits better with Rosemary – I know it does with me.

If you are interested in learning more about the theory – go here