Mind = Blown. It's true.. According to our understanding of Quantum Mechanics and particle waves, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to see or h
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Mind = Blown

It's true.

According to our understanding of Quantum
Mechanics and particle waves, if a tree falls
in the forest and no one is around to see or
hear it it will not only make a sound, but also
not make a sound. By the same token it
will fall, but will also not fall as all outcomes
are within the realm of possibility until it is
actually observed.
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Submitted: 06/20/2012
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User avatar #4 - vinyls (06/20/2012) [+] (1 reply)
Well the double split experiment shows us that matter is only exists how we perceive it there for when no one is around to see a certain tree fall there potentially couldn't be a tree there at all.
#20 - anunoriginalname (06/21/2012) [+] (1 reply)
I still think this is a ******** answer. You're basically saying "I don't know, why not both?"
User avatar #1 - Ironicide (06/20/2012) [+] (1 reply)
So the tree is Amon?
#6 to #1 - xxxsonic fanxxx (06/20/2012) [-]
#39 - xxxsonic fanxxx (06/21/2012) [+] (4 replies)
a tree is not a ******* quantum particle. If gravity says so then yes, it will SURELY fall and will SURELY make a sound
even if nobody is there to acknowledge. Period. You can get all philosophical on that but it has nothing to do with quantum mechanics
because QM is about quantum particles and a tree is a damn macroscopic object.
#37 - crackboots (06/21/2012) [-]
observation isn't the scientific term for looking at something, but for interaction between any amount of particles.

so light and the air around the tree also "observe" it, meaning the tree DOES fall and make a sound
User avatar #33 - eloschmidt **User deleted account** (06/21/2012) [-]
this is a little like Schrodinger's cat
#32 - RussianEmp (06/21/2012) [-]
Like Schrodinger's Cat, the tree exists in a super position that our observation of the situation forces the universe to collapse and make a decision?

Pic related mfw thinking about this...
#31 - doctorhobo (06/21/2012) [-]
And this is what it takes to amaze funnyjunkers with new astounding facts.
User avatar #25 - taokami (06/21/2012) [-]
and so schrodinger's cat applies, I feel smart
#24 - byakkoshinsei (06/21/2012) [+] (6 replies)
******** . if a tree falls and nothing is there to hear it, of course it makes a ******* sound. ffs
#28 to #24 - xxxsonic fanxxx (06/21/2012) [-]
A sound by definition is the inner ear receiving a vibration that your brain transforms into the thing you are hearing. So if there is nothing to listen to the sound does the sound still exist? Is sound merely an illusion of the mind and not actually a real thing? Did the tree actually fall if no one saw it happen? after all seeing something is merely light reflecting off a surface and entering your eyes where the signal is processed into the thing you see. So if that is true how do we know what we can see is actually real? Maybe there is so much more that we cannot see and we live our lives in ignorance of the real picture.
#18 - xxxsonic fanxxx (06/21/2012) [-]
it's like schrodinger's cat you never know the outcome unless u open the box or in this case observe the tree falling
User avatar #16 - aldheim (06/21/2012) [-]
God I hate this theory.
It's like troll science gone too far, almost.
User avatar #13 - imakejewburgers (06/21/2012) [-]
It also says that our minds imagine the entire universe and that when we close our eyes it all disappears.
User avatar #12 - InsertFunnyPhrase (06/21/2012) [-]
Someone fully grasped the meaning of Schrodinger's Cat.
#23 - xxxsonic fanxxx (06/21/2012) [-]
schrödingers cat.....
User avatar #22 - tenaciousjon (06/21/2012) [-]
That's actually pretty accurate, if nobody is around to declare a true answer, the answer is basically both, since both are possible.
Yea, I know, I know, it's a very "I dunno" answer, but it's true, nonetheless.
User avatar #19 - anonemous (06/21/2012) [+] (1 reply)
**** this I'm going drinking.....
#15 - crilleballe (06/21/2012) [+] (2 replies)
Sorry bro, but this is complete ******** , and i can't believe nobody pointed it out before.
Of course tree that falls make a sound. Sure nobody may hear it, but it still makes the sound. All this is is a comparison to a phenomenon happening in the quantum universe. The phenomenon being how electrons can be both electrons and photons at the same time, and is both at all times, until something affects it or is affected by it. (For example, when we try to look at it.)
User avatar #11 - sinfeeder (06/21/2012) [-]
brb, putting my cat in a box
#10 - xxxsonic fanxxx (06/21/2012) [-]
is the sound a technical detail or a matter of perception?
if its a matter of perception, someone has to be there to hear it.
if you count the sound as a manipulation of air waves and molecules bouncing off each other, then no one has to be there for a sound to exist
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