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February 5, 2009

Schrödinger’s Baby

Some of you may know the story of Schrödinger’s Cat. From a quantum mechanics standpoint, it’s a story about indeterminacy. I.e. given a specific limited number of states under which we cannot know an outcome, the idea of whether the outcome really exists is not known — is the cat alive, dead, in both states, or neither? From a philosophical standpoint, it’s often used as a statement about the reliability of knowledge. I.e. from the standpoint of humanity, the cat is neither alive nor dead until the box is opened. (Note — I’m deliberately oversimplifying here).

But today, I apply it to a very specific issue…

Schrodinger's Baby

On the table is an envelope. Inside the envelope is a business card. On the business card is written whether the baby my wife is carrying is a boy or a girl. We haven’t opened the envelope — and won’t for a few more days.

So what is the sex of Baby W? From our point of view, there is no knowledge. So for at least a few more days, this is Schrödinger’s Baby.

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Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:12 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || Trackback URL || Categories: Baby, Humor, Personal Life, Science


  1. I know this is going to sound really silly, but when I was pregeant with the girls, I had to shave my legs constantly….When I was pregeant with William, I could go a month without shaving…I think he needed all the male hormones that my body was producing……. So the question here is for Joanna, “are you shaving or not?”

    Comment by Lucy Stern — February 6, 2009 @ 9:16 pm
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