Monday, December 04, 2006

Schrödinger's Statute

[2:27:38 PM] Jay Goodman Tamboli says: Can someone explain to me how a single bill can have two Title XIVs?

[2:29:24 PM] Scott D. Scheule says: Easily, assume that the Bill was in a box, and it was attached to a mechanism that would determine at random whether to change clause V of Title XIV. 50% of the time the clause would be changed, and 50% it would stay the same. Until we open the box, we must assume (if we are to be good modal realists) that both possibilities obtain, and thus the bill in question has both altered and unaltered Title XIV.

[2:29:43 PM] Jay Goodman Tamboli says: But the box is open.

[2:29:52 PM] Scott D. Scheule says: Then I got no idea.

2 comments:

Courtney L. said...

Schroedinger's Cat

Scott said...

Awesome!