Poll: If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, does it still make a sound?
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Yes
372 89%
No
44 11%
Voters: 416.
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#1
Let's have a poll to settle the long standing question.

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, does it still make a sound?

Say why or why not.
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#4
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It's been proven that it does by scientists already.


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#5
Well, it creates vibrations, which cause the air molecules around them to vibrate. When these vibrations reach our ears, they are translated into an audible pitch that we hear. If there's nothing to translate these vibrations, then no sound is heard, yet the vibrations still exist.

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#8
Yes because soundwaves still exist if no one can here them like deaf people don't hear stuff but it's there.
#9
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Yes because soundwaves still exist if no one can here them like deaf people don't hear stuff but it's there.


pretty much exactly what i was going to say. (btw, i like your Jericho reference... the "save us.222".)
#11
"1. the sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of hearing by vibrations transmitted through the air or other medium."

I say no.
#12
Depends on the way you define "sound."

I define it as a mechanical disturbance of air molecules...so yeah.
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#13
Quote by allalong
"1. the sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of hearing by vibrations transmitted through the air or other medium."

I say no.

You just proved why it would be "yes".
#14
I always liked this question because its the biggest comparison to music I have ever heard. Because music is absolute **** unless theres someone there to hear it and understand it. Music is only good when it provokes something inside the listener, whether it is simple or complex doesn't matter because what makes it music and what makes it good is that feeling it creates inside the listener.
#15
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It's been proven that it does by scientists already.

Do they have anything better to do?
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#16
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"1. the sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of hearing by vibrations transmitted through the air or other medium."

I say no.


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#17
Quote by larry jones
You just proved why it would be "yes".



no if no one is there then no organs are being stimulated. Thus no no sound is there.
#18
NO.

It creates vibrations in the air.

Vibrations become sound when the brain translate the vibrations into sound.
#19
The answer to this questions as given by the psychologist who asked it was: if it is only "a tree" in "a forest" then they are both constructed in the mind, and thus not real, and therefore there is no sound.
#20
If a tree falls on a baby in the forest and nobody is there to see it, is it still hilarious?
#22
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If a tree falls on a baby in the forest and nobody is there to see it, is it still hilarious?



Abso-f*ckin-lutely!
#23
well, you can test it bring a tape recorder, let it record for a month, thn go back, and listen to it for a month. i am positive you wil hear somehting.
#25
Quote by shtiming
well, you can test it bring a tape recorder, let it record for a month, thn go back, and listen to it for a month. i am positive you wil hear somehting.


Its not sound until you play it for the first time. The sound still didnt occur when the tree fell.

edit: well actually i geuss its sound when the recorder records it. But count that as "something there to hear it"
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#26
well, lets answer this by asking the same question, but for which we know the answer:

"if a pornstar is masturbating at home alone with nobody around to see it... does she still fake her orgasm?"

the answer is no. and therefore, it is my qualified scientific opinion that no, unless there is somebody to hear it, it is not noise, and so the tree does not make a sound.
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#27
If a tree falls in the forest, does the threadstarter get an originality award?
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If a tree falls in the forest, does the threadstarter get an originality award?

Like using the title of the thread to try and pay out the threadstarter is original too

EDIT: Of course it makes a sound. Saying it makes no sound is a product of the arrogance of the human race, "If we can't hear it then it definitely didnt make a sound"
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#29
The absense of evidence is not the evidence of absense. Just because no-one can hear the sound doesn't mean that it doesn't exist
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#30
The dead hear it...
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#32
No, because reality is subjective. Without an individual conciousness there to experience the sound and abstractly link it to a prior memory of the sound of a tree falling then no sound exists, all that does exist are air molecules moving around in waves but not any sound..... then again maybe I'm just trippin.
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#34
If a person chooses to save someone from being run over by a car based on their beliefs and that person's beliefs are not in his/her direct control, does that person really have free will?
#36
its common sense, of course it makes a freakin thud because of the mass of the tree falling from whatever height it may be at.... plus if it sone of those trees with twigs and sticks and branches everywhere it makes a really cool cracking sound.
#37
NEW QUESTION- If a tree falls in the woods and no-body is around and it falls on a mime does anyone care!?
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#38
Of course it makes a sound, it's just that noone is around to hear it. The presence of someone doesn't affect whether it makes a noise or not.
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#40
Yes, it does make a sound. Put it this way, if you told a friend you took a dump that shaped itself into a perfect circle all around and he said you never took that **** because he wasn't there would that make sense? In the sense that sound is what we hear so if we aren't there to hear it there is no sound think of the animals that were in fact there to hear it.
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