But did the cat eat it?
The possibility that Schrodinger’s cat ate or did not eat a Myna before or after the decay of a single atom raises terrible complexities for the Canberra bird activist. Did the Myna observe the cat? Perhaps the cat was already dead when it ate the Myna? Should traps be opaque so you don’t go inadvertently and prematurely killing birds or cats by looking at them? Should you ever look into the trap at all?
Instead of euthanising by CO asphyxiation, CIMAG might consider using hydrocyanic acid triggered by uranium decay in the presence of a cat to gather more data on these tricky issues.
From: Sue Lashko [
Sent: Sunday, 2 June 2013 09:55
To: Paul Fennell; canberrabirds chatline
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Counting C Myna in GBS
It was alive and in the GBS when trapped - no different from you seeing a bird in the GBS and then the cat eating it!
On Sun, Jun 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM, Paul Fennell <m("grapevine.com.au","ptf");" target="_blank">> wrote:
To me, this is akin to Schrödinger’s cat, but with a practical aspect.
I one traps a Myna bird and disposes of it. Does it appear on the GBS Chart as a one or a zero?
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