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Caleb's 4x4 Contest- Round 5: Paradox
My R5 entry to the 4x4 contest.
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Caleb's 4x4 Contest
Category: "Paradox"- Show a paradox that is either taking place, in the making, or already created. Or all of those. It's meant to be complicated. An example of a paradox is the classic, "go back in time to kill your grandfather".


I chose the paradox of Schrödinger's cat.


Hi there! I'm Professor Charles Bodinger, and today I will be explaining the paradox theory of Schrödinger's cat, and show you my lab that I use to test it.


This is the test chamber. It contains all the elements of the original theory in order to test it thoroughly.


Another view.


This vessel with the radioactivity sign contains a tiny amount of radioactive material. In the course of an hour, there is an equal chance that one of the atoms may or not decay.


If an atom does decay, this sensor will detect it and drop the attached hammer.


Down here is the vial of poison and the test subject.


If an atom decays and the hammer drops, it will shatter the vial and kill the cat.


Up here in the lab, I monitor the progress of the experiment with all these gauges and computers.


Now, to further explain the theory: If the cat is left alone in the chamber for one hour with an equal chance of dieing or living and no one observing it or being aware of its state, it will eventually assume a state of being both "alive" and "dead" at the same time, essentially being divided in half or inhabiting parallel universes. If someone then observes it, the cat will fall into one or the other states, either being totally alive or totally dead. It is while in the state of being both "alive" and "dead" that this problem becomes a paradox. If you wish to read more about this problem, you can consult the great Wykapeediah, holder of vast amounts of information.


A FEW WEEKS LATER...


Unfortunately, the publicity I gave my project has attracted some unwelcome elements. Evidently, some organization named "PETA" or some such drool has sent letters demanding I stop using live cats in my tests, backed with some rather nasty threats (does neutering a human sound very humane to you??). Also, there have been grumbles from my clean-up crew about dangerous chemicals and decaying carcasses. So, unfortunately, I have been forced to make some changes to the test.


The cat and poison have been replaced by a cream pie on a table, positioned beneath the hammer.


The results now deal with the question of whether or not the pie has been squashed, how to appease the clean-up crew, and do pie-haters even care if it's squashed or not??


Ah well, I hope you learned something today. It was fun having you!



Without minifigure.


Monitoring lab.


Radioactive containment vessel.


Radioactivity sensor, hammer, poison vial and cat.


Sideways view.


With mandatory walls 1.


With mandatory walls 2.

Now for some cool stuff.


Test is in progress, red light is on to warn of radioactivity.


Eet Glohwzz!!


Two Zero One Fourth Wall:
Well, here it is! My entry to the final round of Caleb's 4x4 contest 2013 edition. The category of paradox was actually pretty tricky for me, that - coupled with work, holidays and family gatherings used up much of my time - but I was still able to complete this. While I'm not totally satisfied with it, I still think it's pretty good, hopefully enough to win me a prize! BTW, did you completely understand the concept of the paradox? Neither did I, and if you did, you're either a frickin' genius or need to be put in a soft white room.


Good luck to the other competitors, and don't forget to leave comments and critiques!



Comments

 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Great build, srry you didn't win...
 I like it 
  January 8, 2014
Really liking the radiation symbol.
 I like it 
  January 3, 2014
Awesome!
 I made it 
  January 2, 2014
Quoting MCLegoboy ! Now, there is another paradox in this entry. The entry is booth in compliance and not in compliance with the rules of no overhang. You see, if the hammer were to swing down, then it must go outside of the 4x4 boundries in order to reach it's target, but in all the pictures, it is before or after the ation takes place. What are you up to?
As it is never shown outside the 4x4, I believe it is legal. Just count it as a bonus paradox easter egg. Bonus points?? :p
  January 2, 2014
Oh, and I forgot to mention, your scientist is a Hermaphrodite!
 I like it 
  January 2, 2014
Now, there is another paradox in this entry. The entry is booth in compliance and not in compliance with the rules of no overhang. You see, if the hammer were to swing down, then it must go outside of the 4x4 boundries in order to reach it's target, but in all the pictures, it is before or after the ation takes place. What are you up to?
 I like it 
  January 1, 2014
Very cool! Good luck!
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  January 1, 2014
That guy is a fruit...lol
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  January 1, 2014
The doctor is a hermaphrodite.
 I like it 
  December 31, 2013
great entry! And why would pie haters care if the pie is smashed or not? They hate pie!
 I made it 
  December 31, 2013
Quoting Stormjay Rider Why does the guy have a female torso?
Because it's the best lab torso I have. All that identifies it as female is a bit of purple shirt (debatable as female-only), and a tiny curved grey line (obviously a wrinkle). Get over it.
  December 31, 2013
Why does the guy have a female torso?
 
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