are there any quantum physics people here? if so, please explain this to me. i've done searches on google and read some good articles, but i still think i'm missing something. okay, i get the experiment. you put some atomic material, a geiger counter rigged to a hammer, some poison in a glass container, and a cat in a box. if the atomic material decays, the geiger counter senses this and makes the hammer break the glass thereby killing the cat. what's confusing me is the whole part about whether the cat is really alive or dead and how we don't know until we open the box? or is the cat in a parallel existence? i think this whole experiment was originally designed to debunk the whole quantum physics thing, so maybe i'm not getting it because i'm not supposed to? hmmm... ps - i saw some cartoon on disney with a cat whose name was schroedinger. i thought that was pretty cool.