You’ve been waiting, no doubt, with eager, breathless anticipation since Tuesday for this moment to arrive. It’s time! Time to
tear into this pile of hermetically sealed envelopes check my e-mail and answer the questions within!
TitanKT asked six questions and suggested I choose my three favorites.
- What are you thankful for this year?
- I’m thankful that I finally have dental insurance. Last night, I chomped down on a piece of turkey just so, and let’s just say that was not a pleasant experience.
- What are you looking forward to as we progress through this holiday season?
- What I’m really looking forward to is some time off. The travel, the snow, and the drinking of cocoa with my family will, of course, be a happy bonus.
- Do you open presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
- Christmas Day. My parents allowed us children to open one gift onChristmas Eve as sort of a preview, but that doesn’t really count, since the main event was always the next morning. I wouldn’t be opposed to having the main event on Christmas Eve; I’ve just never done it that way.
Erik Rubright asks,
- What started your love for Science?
- I don’t think I can point to any one particular event. Even when I was a wee little child, I was fascinated by anything with pipes, wires,buttons or lights. I would not hesitate to take apart toys, tape recorders, and the like just to see how they worked. I think that’s the heart of science, a desire to discover how things work.
- Is Schrödinger’scat dead or alive?
The widely accepted answer is "yes, until the cat’s state is measured." However, the thought experiment neglects to define one important detail: the volume of the sealed, impermeable box in which the experiment takes place. If the volume falls below a certain threshold, the cat will be found in the "dead" state at the end of the experiment, regardless of whether atomic decay triggers the mechanism.
- Do you believe in quantum immortality?
- It’s an interesting idea. Unfortunately, since we can’t (yet) detect, much less see into, parallel universes, there’s no way of testing it.