If a Tree Falls…

“If a tree falls in the forest, but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

NO.  Sound doesn’t exist outside of the ear.  Sound waves themselves aren’t really what we think of as “sound” until they’re decoded by the mechanisms in our ears.  No ears = no sound, right?

However, by that same thinking…

YES.  Does the question assume only human life is at issue here?  If animal life is also to be considered, and is present, then their ears would do the same thing.  Sound would exist.

Unless all the people and/or animals in the area are deaf.  Then, you could have all the people around you want, and there still wouldn’t be any sound.

Unless we allow for those deaf people and animals feeling vibrations through the ground to count as “sound”…

Boy, the things one comes up with on a Friday…

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