First, let me say I’ve never really gotten the whole Schrödinger’s Cat paradox. For those who don’t know, it mainly involves sticking a cat in a box, with some time release poison. Allegedly, there comes a time during the experiment where the cat is simultaneously alive and dead; i.e. the paradox.
This paradox comes from the Copenhagen interpretation, which is more about observation with no true objective reality. Personally, I think it’s bullshit. You wanna know if the cat is dead, you don’t need physics.
Just shake the fucking box.
I’m bringing up Schrödinger’s Cat because I’ve heard a lot about it recently, which is odd. I haven’t gotten annoyed by that paradox since I was a college freshman struggling my way through physics. I think the reason that Schrödinger’s Cat suddenly made a comeback was because it was mentioned on a highly rated show, The Big Bang Theory.
So when my buddy Ryan mentioned Schrödinger’s Cat, I mentioned The Big Bang Theory. Ryan responded ‘yeah, I can’t really get into that show. I have a feeling I’d like it, but the laugh track ruined it for me.’
That threw me off because, get this, I had never even noticed the laugh track until he mentioned it. The next time I watched the show, all I could think about was the damn laugh track. I’d hear the laugh track and would immediately stop laughing myself.
Ironically, I had developed my own Schrödinger’s issue. My new observation of the show had changed the way I perceived the show.
So I needed to determine if the show was still funny, or if I had simply been conned by the laugh track. I went online and found a tech guy who could get me copies of the show with the laugh track dubbed out. I watched it.
I watched it and the show was eerily silent. I wanted to laugh a few times, but for some reason, couldn’t. No one else was laughing. I couldn’t figure out if it was funny anymore.
I ran into a new paradox. The laugh track made the show simultaneously suck and not suck. I had developed the paradox of Schrödinger’s Laugh Track.
I get the theory behind laugh tracks. Laughter is infectious and it’s easier to laugh when someone else is laughing. But the weird thing about laugh tracks is that they only work when you don’t notice them.
I probably could have brought my theory up to some important physicists in Switzerland. Instead, I did what I always do when confronted with a paradox.
I drank four beers and smoked a joint. Suddenly, the show was funny again, laugh track or no laugh track.