Okay. There’s this article. It’s called Schrodinger’s Rapist, and it endeavors to explain to men that women don’t know whether or not a strange man is a rapist until… well, he rapes her. It uses the popular thought experiment of Schrodinger’s Cat to illustrate this.
Let me just say, it’s a great article and should be required reading for anyone trying to get their Feminist Card.
People. You need to stop using Schrodinger’s thought experiment in vain. I’ve seen it happen a lot, and it’s wrong and stupid. The point of Schrodinger’s Cat is not “We don’t know if the cat is alive until we prove it.” That’s kind of exactly the opposite of the point.
Okay. I’ll explain. In very simplified terms.
You take a box. Into it, you put a cat. Then you insert a device (into the box, not the cat) which, every hour or so, has about a 50/50 chance of killing the cat. Then you close the box and wait a while.
The punch line is that, according to physics, until you open the box and observe the result, the cat exists in a state in which it is both alive and dead at the same time. Opening the box alters that state and allows us to observe the new state that cat has achieved, post-box, but opening the box is not the point of the experiment. The point is not, “We don’t know.” We don’t know is not science. We don’t know is what causes science. Science is knowing, and the wacky mind-bending conclusions that must be reached in order to understand how the universe works.
So. You saying a man is Schrodinger’s Rapist does not imply that you don’t know whether or not the man is a rapist. (Who the fuck would make up a thought experiment about not knowing shit? That’s not a thought experiment; that’s a boring story.) You saying a man is Schrodinger’s Rapist implies that the man exists in a state in which he is simultaneously a rapist and not a rapist, which is not true, is not science, and is also really, really insulting to men.
Do you get it now?