I know the title is very confusing; you might have heard “Erwin Schrodinger” is a scientist, what he has to do with philosophy or the concept of reality through philosophy? Don’t worry! I’m here to decode it for you, first of all, I would like to thank my friends, regular readers, fam… Ooh, I still didn’t complete the article or get an award for writing this 😞, My bad sorry! Let us continue.
Before we understand the title, if you are new to the realm of science, Erwin Schrodinger is a physicist who is famous for developing an equation called “Schrodingers Wave Equation” which helped to calculate the accurate levels of energy in atoms. He won the Nobel Prize in 1933 for the same. He is also very famous for the experiment called “Schrodinger’s Cat.”
Schrodinger’s Cat Experiment: It is a thought experiment in which a cat and a small amount of radioactive substance are placed in a box. The radioactive substance decays slowly and releases poison or explodes that kills the cat. Until and unless you open the box, the cat is both dead and alive at the same time. It explains that, according to quantum physics, the particle may have wave-like nature, particle nature or both until observed. It is all physics related stuff, how is it related to philosophy you might ask. You are a smart one, aren’t you? Let’s understand that now.
Using this principle, there came a meme, or you can say an interpretation called “Schrodinger Emoticon.” It is a hypothetical person to be happy and sad at the same time, just like Schrodinger’s cat. In the Schrodinger’s cat experiment, the survival of the cat is 50% which implies its death is also 50%.
Now everything around us is made of matter, and the basic definition of quantum physics is the study of almost everything in the universe at the subatomic level. What is reality? The basic definition is the state of things as they actually exist. What is the absolute truth in nature? Atoms!
So if we interpret Schrodinger’s experiment to our reality, if we take a situation, for example, you are alone in a room sitting on a bed. If an observer comes and sees you, he may think you are sad as you are alone. Now imagine the conscious part of the brain is an observer, and you are alone thinking about something. Unless and until you start thinking, your reality can be sad, happy, anxious, excited anything.
If you start thinking, then the conscious part (who is an observer) comes in, determines the mood and help you with the reality. So according to the logic, you are not entirely sad, because you didn’t let your conscious explore other thoughts. You took you are unhappy, and you stopped there. Unless and until you consider all the scenarios, you are not sad.
So until and unless you open yourself, you may be sad, happy or both or anything! The other way of this is, a human cannot have only one emotion in a situation. It is always a mixed bunch. At the starting of the article, I positioned myself taking an award for writing this that may be a reality, but as I opened my box, I’m typing the last line of it.