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A special coffin which will double a a hospital bed.
When the occupant is pronounced by the attending physician to be
very close to death, they are disconnected from any medical
equipment and the lid is closed and sealed. An Advance Directive
be required in some jurisdictions.
then enter a state of quantum uncertainty. When last observed,
the occupant was alive; with the lid closed, it is impossible to
determine their current state, but they are not definitely dead.
As long as the coffin remains sealed, they are therefore effectively
immortal, until the coffin is opened and their wave function
Take your pet with you as well.
fred's cat [popbottle, Dec 06 2014]
||This assumes that the collapse of a wave function is
an absolute thing.
||It is not. Wave function collapse is relative - it can
have collapsed for the person in the coffin without its
having collapsed for an external observer. Given that
Einstein had issues with the whole quantum business,
and given that he was OK with the idea of space and
time being relative, it's odd that he never considered
that wave function collapse would be relative.
||Yes, but it's the external observer's opinion that is important.
||Since the subject is not provably deceased, they (or their legally
appointed deputies) can legitimately continue to claim pensions
and other benefits.
||But they'll lose out on any life insurance. Most
people are worth more dead than alive.
||[Note to the Intercalary - if you're reading this, I can
assure you that I have no significant life insurance
policies. Nor has Sturton.]
||One that hopefully far future day, when 8th is close
to death, I can see how he might relish being sealed
in a box with a cat.
||Don't build your hopes up. The Collective is intrinsically immortal.
||Einstein also didn't believe in spooky action at a distance or
know about the latest double slit experiments...