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Quantum physics... what do you want to observe? Your decision to observe affects the outcome. Powerful stuff!
Schrodinger's cat helped illustrate a seemingly paradoxical reading of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. A cat is hidden in a box. A random process either kills the cat or doesn't. Until an observer opens the box to look, the cat is both alive and dead.
This illustration of "quantum suicide" comes from the "many-worlds" interpretation of reality. This states that any time an action with different possible outcomes occurs, the world splits in two, with both outcomes occurring in separate universes.