If a Tree Falls in the Forest . . .


If by “sound,” you mean vibrations in air pressure capable of being interpreted as sound, then yes, it does make a sound.

If by “sound,” you mean CRRRRRRRRASSSSSH!, then it doesn’t.

I was just reading through a discussion forum in which a disheartingly large majority of participants believed that it does make a sound, based on scientific arguments like — I’m paraphrasing here — “A falling tree doesn’t make a sound just for you, you self-important dumbass!”

I leave the following as exercises for the reader:

  1. If you blow a dog whistle, and no dog is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
  2. Since vision, like hearing, is mental interpretation of waveforms, if no one sees the forest, is it really there?

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