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Old 09-12-2008, 12:09 PM   #1
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If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?


What do you think? IMO it does make a sound. If someone was there to hear it, instead it would make noise.
 
Old 09-12-2008, 12:11 PM   #2
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Yes, it makes a sound.

Now, why did the chicken cross the road?
 
Old 09-12-2008, 12:32 PM   #3
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Now, why did the chicken cross the road?
To go to the other side?
 
Old 09-12-2008, 01:00 PM   #4
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What came first, the chicken or the egg?
 
Old 09-12-2008, 01:21 PM   #5
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If you're driving down the street in your motorboat and your wings fall off, how many pancakes does it take to cover a doghouse?
 
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What came first, the chicken or the egg?
Neither, they evolved from some microorganism from the water..
 
Old 09-12-2008, 01:23 PM   #7
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To go to the other side?
Yup. I really hate the 10 characters limit on LQ.
 
Old 09-12-2008, 01:26 PM   #8
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How come with us its an abortion, but with a chicken, its an omelette?

--George Carlin
 
Old 09-12-2008, 01:28 PM   #9
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The chicken crossed the road because it was too far to walk around.
 
Old 09-12-2008, 01:47 PM   #10
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The chicken crossed the road because it was too far to walk around.
I don't think chickens think that far into it
 
Old 09-12-2008, 02:33 PM   #11
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If a man speaks in the forest, and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?

As for sound:
First, Webster:
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1 a: a particular auditory impression : tone b: the sensation perceived by the sense of hearing c: mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (as air) and is the objective cause of hearing
This has a strong bias towards defining sound as our **perception** of pressure waves in air. Consider this: Before there were any life forms that could sense "sound", there were still pressure waves. "Sound" is the name given by humans to a subset of pressure waves which they are able to sense. Dogs can sense pressure waves that we cannot. Since we can't hear them, we don't call them "sound"---unless we are projecting ourselves into the mind of the dog---ie imagining what they are "hearing".

Therefore, the answer to the original question is "no".
 
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If a man speaks in the forest, and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?

As for sound:
First, Webster:
This has a strong bias towards defining sound as our **perception** of pressure waves in air. Consider this: Before there were any life forms that could sense "sound", there were still pressure waves. "Sound" is the name given by humans to a subset of pressure waves which they are able to sense. Dogs can sense pressure waves that we cannot. Since we can't hear them, we don't call them "sound"---unless we are projecting ourselves into the mind of the dog---ie imagining what they are "hearing".

Therefore, the answer to the original question is "no".
Hogwash. So if we were there, it would make a sound and it would make the same sound if we weren't there. The real answer is, yes it makes a sound that is unheard.
 
Old 09-12-2008, 03:29 PM   #13
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Nope, sorry, you're wrong. I checked it out and it was completely silent.
 
Old 09-12-2008, 03:40 PM   #14
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Hogwash. So if we were there, it would make a sound and it would make the same sound if we weren't there. The real answer is, yes it makes a sound that is unheard.
It all depends on the definition of "sound".....I take it to be the human **perception** of pressure waves. No human---no perception.

What is the speed of sound in a vacuum?
 
Old 09-12-2008, 03:45 PM   #15
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If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
You'll never know. Because if there is no one near, how do you know if/when tree falls at all?

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What is the speed of sound in a vacuum?
NaN, because sound doesn't exist in vacuum.
 
  


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