Sound Logic: A Philosophic Editorial

We have all heard that quasi-philosophical question and have pondered it and wondered at the accepted truth of the answer that is famously given to it. The question to which I allude is this: “If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear it, does it really make a sound?” The answer given, oddly enough in my estimation, is “no”. Such a response to that question seems to assume that for there to be a sound there needs to be an observer, a listener.

Having said all that in preamble, let me pose another theoretical question. If there is a man in the forest and a tree does not fall, is the man able to hear the alleged sound that the tree might have made if it did fall? I posit the latter question out of personal experience and a desire to understand. Do I make myself clear? Sometimes I do not and for that I apologize. Now, for a final plea: put that one in your pipe and suck on it.

Then give me your well thought out answer. I shall be waiting.

If a tree AND a man fall, do they hear each other?


Editor’s Note: The previous material simultaneously appeared in the Letters to the Editor columns of both The New Philosopher and Psychology Today. Editors of neither of these august publications could come up with an answer to the writer’s question nor to this editor’s follow-up question: Does this hypothesis have any basis in logic or is it merely the maunderings of the mind of an individual with cognitive inadequacies and tendencies toward auditory hallucinations?

Responses from the readership to this editor’s query will be greatly appreciated.

By Stephen Faulkner who is just a regular guy who likes to take apart the world and put it back together in amusing ways. He is looking for people who share his singular style and sense of humor. Steve lives in Decatur, Georgia with his wife and five cats.

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If you want to read Stephen’s strange story about Ken and his name, go here.