Erwin Schrödinger Cat and Karen King’s Article

Erwin Schrödinger Cat and Karen King’s Article September 26, 2012

Karen King’s article on the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” for Harvard Theological Review is providing a real-life illustration of the famous thought experiment about Schrödinger’s cat.

It seems that King’s HTR article exists in two superimposed states. In one reality inhabited by some bloggers, the article has been rejected. In another reality inhabited by other bloggers, it has not.

Just like the box containing the cat, the two superimposed quantum states of the article will only collapse when we open the relevant issue of the journal and see the article either published or not published. Until then, it seems the article inhabits a bizarre state of quantum superposition.

Isn’t it great when physics is relevant to making sense of what is going on in the blogosphere?

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  • goodacre

    If I gave an award for blog post of the day, this would be it! I love it.