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Posted by Mipply , 15 March 2013 · 388 views

If a tree falls in an empty, lovely forest, does the tree make a sound, does it even fall, does it even exist – and does the forest exist without it and can it still be lovely?  
Answer:  Science shows that the sound of the tree falling in an empty forest is equal to the sound of one hand clapping multiplied by the speed of light squared over Pi pie ala mode.    
RE: If a tree falls and no one hears it, does it  make a sound?

There have been worse answers then the above formula.  Others have tried to answer the ancient Koan by resorting  to "sound energy" -- "Of course the tree makes no sound!" they say, "because sound requires human perception -- but the tree does produce sound waves, which is a scientific fact."

This is a reply that hides its head in the metapysical quicksand.  A reply that pretends high school science can save the day -- ignoring the fact that a tougher question lurks around the corner:

   If a tree emits sound energy and no one observes or measures it, has it emited any energy?

This is the same question Einstien asked when he asked if the moon exists when it is not being looked at.  The same question philosphers like Berkley and quantum scientests have struggled with for a long time.  It makes mince meat of the high school science reply.

The honest answer is that there is no answer we can give.

We can make inferences and guesses, but we can never know.

Friends, praise god, for unexplained mysteries.  Answers are a boring mirage.


Mar 16 2013 04:39 AM
My answer to this Koan is, "There is no one in the entire world who does not hear it."
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Mar 18 2013 01:20 AM
"If you are trying to answer the question, you have missed the point"
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Mar 18 2013 04:36 AM
An answer to a koan is an answer no one can give.
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