Monday, August 06, 2007

There is no cat

I came across this quote via The Quotations Page:
You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.
Albert Einstein,
Physicist (1879 - 1955)

Which made me realize we could use cats to describe anything.

The Big Bang.
Imagine in the beginning, before there was such a thing as time, before there was such a thing as space, there was an infinitely dense, infinitely small cat, nay not a cat, but a virtual cat, that kept coming in and out of existence, and that suddenly, this cat expanded rapidly in all directions and keeps on expanding forever, forming galaxies and stars and planets along the way, all from that infinitely small, infinitely dense cat. The only difference is that there is no cat.

Wave-Particle duality.
Wave-particle duality is a cat, but it's in a box so you can't see it and are therefore not sure what breed it is so you peek at it and see that has a short coat and its face, ears, and tail are darker that the rest of its body, and so you take it out and sure enough it's a Siamese. You put it back in the box again and this time, you stick your hand in the box and feel that the cat's coat is long and thick and so you take it out and sure enough, it's a Persian. The only difference is that there really is no cat.

Democracy.
Democracy is like a cat, and like all cats, it is run by its brain. And like all cats, it has other parts of the body as well. Each part of the body is important to the cat and therefore its brain takes care of them all. If the cat's brain doesnt take care of the other parts of its body, it will die. And if the other parts of the body dont cooperate with the brain, it will die. The trick then is to balance the needs of the body with the dominance of the brain. Democracy is a cat. The only difference is that democracy doesnt have whiskers and retractable claws, and doesnt make a huge racket during mating season when youre trying to sleep.

Try it. Explain things using cats.

1 comment:

EdvinW said...

This post is like a cat... I found this page looking for something else, but I'm not sure if I could find it if I wanted to. It doesn't seem to have a lot of weight nor really be good for anything. I'm not sure that it landed on it's feet.

+ it's cute^.^