Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Schrödinger's News? Fox experiments with quantum news. Guilty? Not Guilty? Both.
You know how light can behave like both a wave or a particle at the same time? And how Schrödinger's Cat can be both dead and alive until the collapse of the wave function? Fox News seems to be bringing the exotic magic of quantum mechanics to their news coverage, with their headline and lede about the pilot who is both guilty and not guilty.
Maybe it's just their idea of being "fair and balanced." Or maybe they're trying to demonstrate that their intelligence is first-rate, according to F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous dictum: "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." Guilty and not guilty are certainly opposed. Not sure about the rest.
More likely, they just didn't bother to proofread. Maybe it's too hot. In any event, I made this screen capture to preserve this gem after they change it, if they do.
The pilot, btw, was found to be suffering from a "severe mental disease or defect" and sent back to a mental health center for further evaluation.