Thursday, 30 June 2011

If a tree falls in a forest



"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it,
does it make a sound?"

I'm sorry I just cant help it. Yesterday I was reminded of this question that is either deep, or shallow, depending on how much you think about it. Perhaps I have spent too many miles behind the wheel of my car since then, but I just can't get this out of my mind !!!

YES, on the surface logic tells me of course it makes a sound. Then as I consider it more, sound is defined as the conversion of energy waves into brain signals by the ear, human or animal so NO. If there is no ear to hear, then there is no sound. But that is daft I know that a tree cant fall silently..........

This is of course a question aimed at Philosophy not Physic's but it can mess with your mind if you let it! A quick Google search for the question and you will see philosophers and other academics discussing it throughout the internet. The more you dwell the more you bring in other deep philosophical questions ...

When you close the fridge, does the light really go out ?
Does killing time damage Eternity?
Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard ?
Why is the third hand on a watch called the second hand ?
Can you imagine a world without hypothetical situations ?
Why is abbreviation such a long word?
Why is there only one monopolies commission?

So in conclusion I have left you with so many questions, perhaps you to may spend the next 24 hours pondering the unimportant, just like I have just done ? But to show there are answers to some questions, I leave you with a twist on the opening one. I have worked out the answer to this ...

If a man talks in the forest and his wife is not there to hear him,
is he still wrong?


Ps I took this picture last night while ona walk with Mrs RJR, and neither of us was wrong !

9 comments:

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

You can say that the sky is purple and water is yellow and carrots are black and if there is no one there to argue with you, you are most defintely right. I also believe there is no sound in this world whatsover..just our response to vibration on our eardrums. I wonder, do we all hear the same thing?

Julie said...

I love the photo! Like Delores, I've also wondered if we all hear the same thing. It's interesting to think about.

Now I will be pondering why Tarzan doesn't have a beard. ;)

Cathy said...

Gorgeous photo!

Interesting questions. Good to know you got that husband/wife one figured out. I'll be wondering about the rest all day today ... ;)

Su said...

If oranges are orange, why isn't a lime called a green and a lemon a yellow?

If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?

Alas, those are the only two I can remember just now.

RJR said...

Delores, do we all hear the same, probably not. I have a coat my wife tells me is Navy I sear its black!

Hope you have figured out the tarzan answer Julie (answers on a postcard)

Cathy, I was surprised how well the picture turned out, I only snapped it with my phone camera.

Su, I can only assume baby oil comes from babies, but I'm not sure I want to know which part.

Lisa said...

Awesome pic RJR! And I've given you some blog awards...well, passing them on rther, come on over and get 'em! And yes, if a man walks in the forrest and his wife is not there to hear him, is may be wrong, or he may just need to turn off the tele. :)

Michelle Teacress said...

I'm sorry I missed your blog hop RJR. I've been out of town and admit that my interest in blog hops is waning. :/

What a beautiful picture. And I laughed out loud at the last question. Good one.

Duckie. said...

We don't all hear the same! my hearing was damage in my youth and all the top waves have gone,so hear things different from most people, but there again with two hearing aids now better than most! AND have the luxury of being able to turn off when those trees start to fall,or the kids are too noisey!

Duckie. said...

Thought you would know by now John, the man is always wrong! Should be added into the wedding vows shouldn't it??
The Groom's uncle said "I'm sure you will look back on to-day as the happiest day of your life"! "But I'm not getting married until to-morrow" the Groom said, "I know" said the uncle.

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