If a tree falls in a forest and there is know one or nothing to hear it will it still make a sound?
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.
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.
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????"
If two men are hiking across Exmoor, chatting as they go. If no woman can hear them, are they still wrong?
by ThatFatGuy 3 years ago
"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"I was thinking, how do you know that it was a tree that made the sound in the first place? Since nobody was around to hear it then that implies nobody was around to see the tree hit the ground. Saying a...
by kookoo88 11 months ago
What sounds would a person hear in a forest?I'm trying to describe a forest in my book. I have "humming of insects", chirping of birds", "Noises of critters", and "breeze whispering through pine needles" Any other ideas?
by Terrye Toombs 6 years ago
If a tree falls in the forest, is there anyone there to write about it?
by chasemillis 6 years ago
If a tree falls and no one is there to hear it, does it make any noise?I know it's been asked a thousand times, I say yes!
by Matthew Rogerson 8 years ago
make a sound?
by Fluffymetal 4 years ago
Ok... lets play a game. Someone will write a word and the next person will post the first word that comes to their mind, then so on and so forth... for example I type the word ear and I think of the word sound -- the next person will post whatever comes to their mind when they think of sound,...
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