Schrödinger’s Rapist

Schrödingers rapist
Schrödinger's rapist

The above xkcd comic prompted this post by Kate Harding. The 600+ comments on that thread prompted a guest post on Kate’s blog coining the term Schrödinger’s Rapist. That post has got about 1,000 comments.

A cat, along with a flask containing a poison, is placed in a sealed box shielded against environmentally induced quantum decoherence. If an internal Geiger counter detects radiation, the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when we look in the box, we see the cat either alive or dead, not a mixture of alive and dead.


Schrödinger’s cat isn’t a philosophical problem, but a thought experiment on quantum entanglement, since for the observer, the cat is simultaneously dead and alive. The term Schrödinger’s rapist applies to all men (or strangers) who approach women. These women consider all men as potential rapists, so-called Schrödinger’s rapists, men that are simultaneously rapists and are not rapists.

I was made aware of Kate’s site recently, I can’t remember the reason. The only reason why I came to this post was because of Belle de Jour’s post today.

Go ahead and THINK we look nice all you want. We do that too! This post is about what happens when you decide it’s a good idea to talk to that nice-looking woman.