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Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« on: January 14, 2009, 08:18:56 PM »
 "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound?"

Married couples corollary:
 "If a man says something and his wife is not there to hear him, is he still wrong?"


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Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2009, 08:29:09 PM »
I'm not touching that one.  But, the whole "if a tree falls" thing has a very inherent flaw from the get go.  It seems to based on the assumption that man is (or at least may be) at the center of all that does or does not happen, and encourages us to be arrogant enough to consider the possibility that if we aren't there, it doesn't happen.

Too, if you believe the Scriptures that God is omnipresent and omniscient, how would a tree fall without anyone there to here it? Where is there a "there" that God is not there to hear?

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 06:13:08 AM »
We discussed this in a physics class one time at college many years ago. The professor was arguing that if a receptor of the sound waves was not there, be it an electronic device, or a human or non-human ear, is a sound wave generated. Of course we never got to the bottom of it.

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009, 06:29:43 AM »
The stench in the men's room is still there whether you're there to smell it or not.  In fact, it's growing.  Same principle.

(On another note, I never was much help with the "one hand clapping" question, either.  I can make the clapping sound with one hand.  No meditation in Tibet required.)

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2009, 06:28:11 PM »
"If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound?"

Married couples corollary:
 "If a man says something and his wife is not there to hear him, is he still wrong?"



My wife's husband is never wrong.

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2009, 09:07:51 AM »
If a man's wife walks into the room while he's speaking, is he still right?

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2009, 04:44:37 PM »
Heb 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

You could go off of simple faith that when a tree falls and some one is near by you will hear it an so why would it be different if you are not there

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2009, 07:36:36 PM »
We discussed this in a physics class one time at college many years ago. The professor was arguing that if a receptor of the sound waves was not there, be it an electronic device, or a human or non-human ear, is a sound wave generated. Of course we never got to the bottom of it.

The answer is quite simple.

A sound wave is generated, if by "sound wave" you mean a wave of air emanating because of the falling tree.

However, a sound is only a sound if there is some receptor there to translate the air wave into sound.

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2009, 07:42:33 PM »
We discussed this in a physics class one time at college many years ago. The professor was arguing that if a receptor of the sound waves was not there, be it an electronic device, or a human or non-human ear, is a sound wave generated. Of course we never got to the bottom of it.

The answer is quite simple.

A sound wave is generated, if by "sound wave" you mean a wave of air emanating because of the falling tree.

However, a sound is only a sound if there is some receptor there to translate the air wave into sound.

But are you still wrong if your wife doesn't hear you?

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2009, 09:21:32 PM »
We discussed this in a physics class one time at college many years ago. The professor was arguing that if a receptor of the sound waves was not there, be it an electronic device, or a human or non-human ear, is a sound wave generated. Of course we never got to the bottom of it.

The answer is quite simple.

A sound wave is generated, if by "sound wave" you mean a wave of air emanating because of the falling tree.

However, a sound is only a sound if there is some receptor there to translate the air wave into sound.

But are you still wrong if your wife doesn't hear you?

No, but you are still guilty of ignoring her.


"My wife says I don't listen to her."

"Well, I think that's what she says."

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2009, 07:11:44 AM »
No tip from the wife, then.

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2009, 10:04:53 PM »
Silly boy!

I'm not the one that has to keep the iced tea glass filled.

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2009, 01:58:45 PM »
The answer is quite simple.

A sound wave is generated, if by "sound wave" you mean a wave of air emanating because of the falling tree.

However, a sound is only a sound if there is some receptor there to translate the air wave into sound.

I'm not sure I buy the distinction made between a "sound" and a "sound wave." 

The sound is the sound wave.  Otherwise, it's like saying that a beam of light isn't really light until an eye (or other receptor) sees it.  The receptor has no cause in the thing that causes the sound or the light.  The receptor's detection of the sound or the light doesn't somehow change the nature of the sound in terms of what it is.  It only observes it.

If something exists, it doesn't exist only because an observer observed it.  It exists regardless of whether anything or anyone observed it.

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2009, 03:02:59 PM »
The answer is quite simple.

A sound wave is generated, if by "sound wave" you mean a wave of air emanating because of the falling tree.

However, a sound is only a sound if there is some receptor there to translate the air wave into sound.

I'm not sure I buy the distinction made between a "sound" and a "sound wave." 

The sound is the sound wave.  Otherwise, it's like saying that a beam of light isn't really light until an eye (or other receptor) sees it.  The receptor has no cause in the thing that causes the sound or the light.  The receptor's detection of the sound or the light doesn't somehow change the nature of the sound in terms of what it is.  It only observes it.

If something exists, it doesn't exist only because an observer observed it.  It exists regardless of whether anything or anyone observed it.

A "sound wave" is a misnomer actually. It is really only an air wave.

An air wave needs a receptor that can translate the change in pressure on the receptor into a phenomena we interpret as sound.

In space, despite almost universal depictions to the contrary, if something blows up, you won't hear it unless there is some substance that results in changed pressure on your ear drum.

Or, a deaf person doesn't hear your voice, even though your vocal cords vibrate the air around them. Why not? Because the deaf person's receptors are broken.

Ergo, air movement, but no sound.

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Re: Corollary to "If a tree falls...............
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2009, 03:26:20 PM »
Ergo, air movement, but no sound.

Is Ergo DCR's real name???