HOWTO explain quantum theory to a dog

In this tight little Socratic dialog, Chad Orzel explains many-worlds quantum theory to his dog:

"And if you were to eat steak at the computer, you'd probably drop some on the floor."

"I don't know about that…"

"Dude, I've seen you eat." Yes, the dog calls me "dude." There may be obedience classes in her future.

"All right, we'll allow the possibility."

"Therefore, it's possible that you dropped steak on the floor. And according to Everett's Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics, that means that you did drop steak on the floor. Which means I just need to find it."

"Well, technically, what the Many Worlds interpreation says is that there's some branch of the unitarily evolving wavefunction of the universe in which I dropped steak on the floor."


(via Making Light)

Update: Kevin sez, "Bizzare fact. The Everett of "Many Worlds" is the father of Mr E off of the Eels (popular beat combo)." That's so cool. I love the Eels. Every single track off Daisies of the Galaxy is in my top-ranked playlist.