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  • Shane
    Shane wrote:

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

    Here are some answers:

    If a tree falls in the forest...
    Catholicism: It fell for our sins.
    Judaism: Oy, the tree fell, again?!
    Buddhism: There is no tree.
    Islam: Islam is not really about knocking over trees.

    Fundamentalism: The tree was Evil.
    Racism: That kind of tree is always falling.
    Plagiarism: That kind of tree is always falling.
    Defeatism: All the trees are going to fall.
    Pessimism: That is the forest of the fallen tree.
    Optimism: Almost all the trees are standing.

    Capitalism: Let's sell the wood.
    Globalism: Let's sell the wood, half way around the world.
    Communism: Let's knock over all the other trees.
    Socialism: Let's ask the other trees to fall.
    Nepotism: Give the tree to my cousin.
    Isolationism: That tree is none of our business, in fact, neither is the forest.

    And the one that actually tries to answer the question asked, is...

    Quantum Physics: Of course not, by definition.

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    You got some dancing baby .gifs and under construction signs to go with his Web 1.0 blast from the past?

  • A豆腐
    A豆腐 wrote:



    This reminds me that when I read the New Essays on Human Understanding by Leibniz, i found the same question: If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound The book was written in 1704, and in this book Leibniz critizes some ideas of Locke's system. In this point, I have never known if Locke uses this question before in his books and then Leiniz is quoting or Leibniz is using the letters from the catholic missionaries in China (I mean the question has a smell of asian philosphy, right? maybe zen, maybe chan).

  • Ejdnzlaj
    Ejdnzlaj wrote:

    George Berkley is the one whose closest assosciated with the phrase. I don't know if it came from eastern philosophy though, but I think there must be some link. It must at least be influenced by it to some degree.

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