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Couldn't think of anything better so I will ask an old philosophical question

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If a tree falls down in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
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KdaAnimefan Feb 6, 2013  Student Writer
technically,
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:iconvulpimo:
yes. A sound is merely a wave of energy.

Laws of physics are objective, they exist regardless of being recognized as such.
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After--Life Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just because nobody is around to hear it doesn't mean it doesn't make a sound.
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carusmm Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
We assume it does from memory.
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kaikaku Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Depends on the definition of 'sound.'
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WiNGz69 Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
Yes because a dog, a cat or a bird might hear it and further the earth would "feel it" (important) so the event itself is taken place sound or no sound. The world moves on with or without us because we are just small components of the world. However the last part of the comment below is also true. I believe what is being said in the below comment is "don't ponder it, just live it". This is even better but sometimes pondering is what gets you there. Hope this helps a bit.
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Muffin-Machine Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There is no answer this only meant as a pointer to the fact that the words we use separate us from the meanings of the words we use.
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Daniel-Gleebits Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The tree will cause a disturbance in the air particles around it, sending out waves of sonic vibrations which could be defined as sound. The problem here is that the term "sound" refers to the translation of these sonic vibrations into a format our brains recognise. The sound is there in essence, it still exists, but it isn't there conceptually, as in something that can understood and defined, because there are no minds present to perform that action.

Take for instance, the tree that fell. If no people are around, is that tree a tree? No minds are present to give it that terminology, to apply the concept of what we as human beings understand to be a tree, to that tree. But the tree is still there in essence, it still has its physical form and for all intents and purposes, exists. It's just that there's no one around to identify it as a tree.

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taylor17387 Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If there are no ears around, it wouldn't make a sound. It would just produce a wave through the air, but the sound is created in the ear (well, rather in the brain). Just like colours, they don't exist in nature per se; it's the eye and the brain what turn electromagnetic waves into colours.
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maltese101 Jan 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Start with the most old philosophical answer.

"Define X."

:dummy: but anyway... from my point of view, it doesn't make a sound.

Or maybe it does. I just.. yeah, it doesn't make a sound.
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