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If a tree falls in a forest and there is know one or nothing to hear it will it

  1. First Daughter profile image59
    First Daughterposted 5 years ago

    If a tree falls in a forest and there is know one or nothing to hear it will it still make a sound?

  2. WD Curry 111 profile image61
    WD Curry 111posted 5 years ago

    This is a tired old riddle. I have it solved. Sound is the result of an event that made noise. It is a physical occurrence involving waves and particles. It does not require a hearer to exist.

    Now, if you can be convinced that the sound does not take place unless you are there to participate, then be careful. You are ripe to be sucked into a philosophy and perhaps even a cult that takes a holographic view of the universe. You affect the world around you with your projected thoughts. You envision your success and then realize it.

    Sometimes, celebrities are reinforced in this kind of belief system by their magnificent success. They espouse these principals until the devil calls in the note on their soul.

  3. KutterHighway profile image58
    KutterHighwayposted 5 years ago

    Sound is defined as oscillating pressure in wave form through air, water, etc. in the frequency range of hearing. Basically.  But short answer to your question. Yes and No. Schrodinger's Cat all over again.  Yes it makes oscillating waves through air by the action of falling. No because of the perception that sound must be heard to be a sound.  But all in all. Yes, it makes a sound.

  4. ackman1465 profile image61
    ackman1465posted 5 years ago

    There are many plays on this philosophical question.... of which my favorite is this one:

    If a man sits and drinks liquor for hours on end..... and, ultimately, spouts out all sorts of stupid comments.... until he falls down, passed out, in his drunken stupor,...   and NOBODY has seen or heard him for the entire duration.... is his wife still correct to call him a "drunken jerk????"

  5. MickS profile image71
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    If two men are hiking across Exmoor, chatting as they go.  If no woman can hear them, are they still wrong?