Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

Non Sequitur

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  1. ibid

    ibid GoComics PRO Member said, almost 8 years ago

    But are the atmospheric vibrations really sound if there’s no ear or mind to interpret them?

  2. iowaweav

    iowaweav said, almost 8 years ago

    Amen, y’all!

  3. The J.A.M.

    The J.A.M. said, almost 8 years ago

    About time someone got the right answer… And YES, they’re sounds. Interpretation is irrelevant.

  4. Horsehead1

    Horsehead1 said, almost 8 years ago

    I guess that makes Pat Robertson and his fundies crew the passengers.

  5. grazer

    grazer said, almost 8 years ago

    Work it out: If I’m stone deaf and you have perfect hearing and a tree crashes between us, did it only make HALF a sound or what??

  6. PdLorinel

    PdLorinel said, almost 8 years ago

    Sound, by definition, requires at least one listener. Just as radio requires both a transmitter and receiver - else you don’t have radio. Sound is the same. The vibrations would still exist, but without a receptor there is no sound.

  7. glslightning

    glslightning said, almost 8 years ago

    Radio waves do not require a receiver to exist, and neither do sound waves. They are determined by their frequency, not whether anyone’s listening to them! Interpretation of the waves will determine what kind of sound they produce, but not their existence!

  8. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, almost 8 years ago

    Without an observer, the tree exists in a state of quantum indeterminancy where it is both standing and fallen. The quantum states of the air molecules around the tree, which would make up the sound, gets even messier. In short, the question simplifies to, “Is Schroedinger’s Cat still cussing him out inside the box?”

  9. WCLamb

    WCLamb said, almost 8 years ago

    A perfect example of “the lie told often enough takes on the illusion of truth.”

    The_JAM got it right. Give that guy/gal a banana!

  10. cleokaya (THE FLASH)

    cleokaya (THE FLASH) said, almost 8 years ago

    If no one saw the tree fall. Did the tree actually fall?

  11. Digital Frog

    Digital Frog GoComics PRO Member said, almost 8 years ago

    The real question, especially for Danae is: If a booger brained boy says something in the forest, and there isn’t a girl to hear it, is he still wrong?

  12. Northwoodser

    Northwoodser said, almost 8 years ago

    If a tree fell while no one was around, how long would it take for a group of people with nothing better to do with their time, to start arguing about whether or not it made a sound?

  13. Strodgers

    Strodgers said, almost 8 years ago

    “Jazzlily says:

    I’ve got a question. Is a tree real if no one SEES it? Same principle as sound, no?”
    No. Trees are physical, sound needs ears. Vibrations are not sound. Ask water or light vibrations.

  14. Strodgers

    Strodgers said, almost 8 years ago

    “Northwoodser says:

    If a tree fell while no one was around, how long would it take for a group of people with nothing better to do with their time, to start arguing about whether or not it made a sound?”

    Philosophers.

  15. JonD17

    JonD17 said, almost 8 years ago

    my $.02 worth: Sound is a compression waveform created by the vibration of some object. Sound moves through air or other materials. The characteristics of sound are that it has amplitude, wavelength, frequency and velocity. Sound must cause another object to vibrate to be DETECTED.

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