If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is around to hear it DOES it make a sound
January 20, 2009 9:33pm CST
In this discussion I would like to visit this age old question. If a tree falls in a forest, and nobody is around to here it, does it make a sound? I have two different theories on this topic. If answering the question based on how its asked I would have to say yes it makes a sound, but only because it doesn't say anything about wildlife nearby. If you asked if no living creature is around to hear it, does it make a sound? I would say no. The reason I say no is because of what sound really is. Sound Waves traveling through the air caused by vibrations from a disturbance. These sound waves travel into the ear and vibrate the eardrum, then our brain translates those vibrations into what we perceive as sounds. So no inner ear, no sound. Just vibrations. What is your opinion, and why?
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21 Jan 09
Yes. Of course it makes a sound. The tree doesn't know if someone is there to hear it or not. Our ears are what allows us to pick up the sound waves produced from an object. A deaf person would not be able to hear the sound, but it is still there.