If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is around to hear it DOES it make a sound

Canada
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?
3 responses
@redhotpogo (3935)
• United States
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.
• Canada
21 Jan 09
But without an ear to hear them they will remain to just be vibrations until dissipating wouldn't they?
• United States
21 Jan 09
the sound will continue to travel on until something is able to hear it.
@goldeneagle (6776)
• United States
22 Jan 09
The answer is yes...anytime a solid matter comes into contact with another solid object, especially with the amount of force created when a tree falls, a sound is made. Whether or not anyone is around to hear it is irrelevant.
• Philippines
21 Jan 09
yeah of course there's a sound on it..no theory that explain the absense of its sound..it's really have a sound..it's the work of gravity..