If a tree falls in the woods...and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

If a tree falls in the woods...and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Update:

Yeah. Try explaining this to other people at school. Just dont try. It took half an hour. lol Fortunately there is always somebody else who stays awake to keep it going.

But imagine what would happen if we all fell asleep at the same time.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    Asking a philosophical question does not make you look very bright.

    The answer is that no one has heard a sound. That does not negate the possibility that there was air movement of the type that is typically interpreted as sound. But, no. No one heard any sound because no one was there.

    BUGS!!! You are my kind of guy. Want to go make some whoopie?

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  • Ruth
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Well, you already pointed out the first thing I was going to say: Autumn did get Schroedinger's Cat experiment wrong. And for a second thing: opening the box and viewing what happens does affect the outcome in a way, but based on his experiment, it's more accurate to say that opening the box and seeing what happened cements one outcome into being. Schroedinger theorized that, until someone opened the box and saw if the cat activated the poison mechanism or not, then both outcomes were happening simultaneously, and the whole thing was in a sort of 'flux'. And while a rock would be affected by vibrations caused by the tree falling, that's not the same as saying that it would really make a 'sound'. It's only when it's interpreted in a certain way that it's actually a sound. In a small way, it's like the 'global superpositioning' theory...suppose you're the only one who hears a ball bouncing behind you. That ball, according to the theory, could actually be bouncing in a hundred different places at once, but when you turn and actually view it, then it's cemented in that one certain place. If you don't come away from quantum physics a little bit crazy, then you didn't really understand it. :P

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  • Nick
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    This question always typifies the arrogance of humanity to me. If the tree falls, the vibrations are there regardless if humans are there or not. Every other sentient thing in the woods hears it. If the question posed were to say "nothing around" instead of "no one around" it would make much more sense to me.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Experience tells us that when a tree falls it makes a sound. In this case with no witnesses, we cannot be certain that it did.

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  • 7 years ago

    If a man says something in the woods...and no woman is around to hear it, is he still wrong?

    Thanks, Ima, but I think my wife would be a little upset.

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  • 7 years ago

    I suppose the squirrels and deer, etc. other things with ears heard it. Right? Good day. (Did you hear that? If not, did I wish you a good day?)

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  • 7 years ago

    Yep. It goes, fffffffwishhhhhh.... aaaahhhooga oink oink...flonk flonk flonk...fit fit...fuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    Or at least that's what I read somewhere. On the internet.

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  • 7 years ago

    No, it makes vibrations in the air.

    Those vibrations are picked up by our eardrums and converted into what we perceive as "sound".

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    That saying is so old and has never made sense , if a person dies but no one sees them die are they still dead

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  • This question isn't really meant to have an answer, you know. It's rhetorical.

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