Comments Finally- I get it!
If sound is vibrations, then the falling tree certainly does make a sound, because it produces vibrations in the air. Even if there’s no person or other animal around to hear the sound, a recorder with a microphone could certainly record those vibrations- as sound. Oct 22, In fact, sound is different frequencies of vibrations, but unless someone is in the forest to hear it, those vibrations cannot be converted into sound.
Sound is our brain’s unique ability to recognize different frequencies and interpret them. So if a tree falls in a forest and there is no one to perceive the vibrations made by the fall, there would be no sound. When the tree falls in the forest, sound waves are generated that impinge on your eardrum if you are there.
The sound waves are processed by your cochleas and neuronal signals are transmitted to.
Of course, the fact that the tree is known to have changed state from 'upright' to 'fallen' implies that the event must be observed to ask the question at all - even if only by the supposed deaf onlooker.
Dec 09, So the falling tree makes no sound. It merely creates a compression wave in the atoms around it. The fact that we can hear these waves and perceive them as sound is, on the scale of the universe, really nothing more than a cute parlour trick of evolution.
When the tree falls there will be sound waves in the air, but no receiver which doesn't make it a sound to be heard.
An Argument Against the above: With the above said, if one were to define sound as the reception of a sound wave, then it could be argued that no sound occurred based on the fact that no one was around to receive it.
If there were something that would here it then yes because there would be a creator and a receiver. The tree producing the sound would make sound waves in the air to.
Oct 11, It's a riddle that's been twisting brains for generations: If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The answer, at least according to a comprehensive.