I have a limited understanding of this so please forgive my question if it borders on the moronic. From what I can gather from what I've read from various books, the internet an popular culture etc. Quantum events are considered to be uncertain, the position or states of the very small objects under consideration are not definite but fall under the description of a waveform. Which is a spatial description that gives probabilities of locating the small at a given point in the surroundings. (well as far as I can make out). Shroedingers cats hypothetical experiment is used to give a picture of this to the audience. And as far is I can understand from it, the cat is said to be in two states, alive and dead simultaneously until the experimenter opens the box and observes the situation. At this event the uncertainty collapses and the fate of the cat is revealed. What I understand from this is the macroscopic event of opening the box forces "causally" the quantum events to come to a conclusion and there is no more uncertainty. The waveform collapses and the state of the quantum event is revealed at that time, and as is the cats fate.
So my question is, does the HUP mean quantum events have no definite state until you measure them or observe them? Or do quantum events have a definite state at a particular point in time but this state is simply unknown to us until we observe them? Or are we supposed to draw something else from the picture of quantum mechanics? And the thing that bugs me is isn't everything unknown and uncertain to an experimenter or observer untill they observe or measure it anyway? So the waveform description is unnecessary and things are simply unknown, or is the waveform a description of an observers perception of the unknown? I am a bit confused and any direction would be appreciated. Thanks for being patient if i have not grasped the concepts correctly, but I find the topic puzzling.