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New Question: Why does Captain Blubber like children’s shows?

Dec 20, 2009 at 10:37PM EST

answering real genius
he is a chil inside
Q.why am i here?

Dec 21, 2009 at 03:48PM EST

A.its in my hand. it time?

Dec 21, 2009 at 05:25PM EST

A: It’s Goofy Time!
Q: Why is Scott Evenson so inappropriate?

Dec 21, 2009 at 07:16PM EST

A.cuz he a perverted retard
Q.did i make more contibutions than scott everson?

Dec 21, 2009 at 07:19PM EST

A: Yes. He decided to leave. Whenever I asked why he hasn’t done anything, he says “I don’t feel like it.” Maybe it’s a good thing, he acts like he’s 11. (He’s 17)
Q: Are we Human or are we Dancer?

Dec 21, 2009 at 07:23PM EST

A.We are neither
Q.can i have a free pie?

Dec 21, 2009 at 07:26PM EST

A: never
Q: Why won’t you guys let this thread die??

Hector: “Dang, they look just like those girls down the street.” Leaves to go… you know.

so close
Dec 21, 2009 at 07:27PM EST

A; Because it’s fun.
Q: What is Scott Evenson doing right now?

Dec 21, 2009 at 07:29PM EST

A. I have no clue, it’s not even a good game.
Q. Should I An Hero?

Dec 21, 2009 at 10:36PM EST

A. Habeeb it
Q. if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around does it make a sound?

Dec 21, 2009 at 11:49PM EST

George Berkeley was an Irish philosopher who created and promoted a theory he called “immaterialism” later referred to as “subjective idealism”. His dictum was “Esse est percipi” – “To be is to be perceived”. He talked of objects ceasing to exist once there was nobody around to perceive them. In his work, A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, he proposes, “But, say you, surely there is nothing easier than for me to imagine trees, for instance, in a park and nobody by to perceive them. The objects of sense exist only when they are perceived; the trees therefore are in the garden no longer than while there is somebody by to perceive them.” One source[who?] cites him concisely phrasing the question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, did it really fall?” His philosophical musings had nothing to do with sound at all, neither its physical nature nor its metaphysical possibilities.

Some years later, a similar question is posed. It is unknown whether the source of this question is Berkeley or not. In June 1883 in the magazine The Chautauquan in Volume 3, Issue 9 on page 543 the question was put, “If a tree were to fall on an island where there were no human beings would there be any sound?” They then went on to answer the query with, “No. Sound is the sensation excited in the ear when the air or other medium is set in motion.” This seems to imply that the question is posed not from a philosophical viewpoint, but from a purely scientific one. The magazine Scientific American corroborated the technical aspect of this question, while leaving out the philosophic side, a year later on Apr 5, 1884, on page 218 of their magazine when they asked the question slightly reworded, “If a tree were to fall on an uninhabited island, would there be any sound?” And gave a more technical answer, “Sound is vibration, transmitted to our senses through the mechanism of the ear, and recognized as sound only at our nerve centers. The falling of the tree or any other disturbance will produce vibration of the air. If there be no ears to hear, there will be no sound.”

The current phrasing appears to have originated in the 1910 book Physics by Charles Riborg Mann and George Ransom Twiss. The question “When a tree falls in a lonely forest, and no animal is near by to hear it, does it make a sound? Why?” is posed along with many other questions to quiz readers on the contents of the chapter, and as such, is posed from a purely physical point of view.

In recent years, however, the quandary has gone back to its possible metaphysical roots, albeit with wording that muddies the philosophical riddle that Berkeley supposed it to be.

The common sense answer, as the question has mostly come to rely on, is that yes, it obviously makes a sound since we know that a tree falling makes noise regardless of whether anyone is around or not. The metaphysical, and perhaps first roughly proposed, answer is that no, the tree does not make a sound if no one is there to witness it falling. And indeed the act of making a sound isn’t even a quandary, all that matters is that the tree in fact ceases to exist if no one is there to witness it.

The production of sound requires 3 things: A source, a medium, and a receiver. The source, through vibrations called “compression” and “rarefraction”, creates a series of pressure waves that vary in frequency and amplitude. These pressure waves propagate through various mediums including water, air and solids. The receiver collects and converts these pressure waves into electrical impulses. If you remove any of the 3 requirements for sound, there is no sound.

In the vacuum of outer space there is no means of propagation, therefore, no sound. In the absence of a receiver in the woods, the falling tree only produces a series of pressure waves.

If a tree fell in the forest, it would disturb the surrounding air, creating vibrations that the auditory senses are capable of sensing. For the absence of these sound waves, there would have to be an absence of air, in which case the tree would not exist in the first place. It is not the absence of sound that should be considered, but rather the absence of awareness of the sound.

Dec 22, 2009 at 12:06AM EST

umm lets star over…
Q.can i work harder to draw better

Dec 22, 2009 at 05:17PM EST

A. Sure, draw tits or GTFO.

Q. what would be a good question to put here?

Dec 22, 2009 at 05:27PM EST

A.can you be quiet? an r.tard right.?

Dec 22, 2009 at 05:34PM EST

A. yes, yes you are. For more reasons than you would think
Q. how soon until we can ban people with their ip adress?

Dec 22, 2009 at 05:36PM EST

A: yes
Q: guess the song
jug jiggajug jiggajug jiggajug jiggajug jiggajig jiggajug jiggaJUHJUHHH (whaaaa)..

Dec 22, 2009 at 05:36PM EST

A: soon
Q: guess the song
jug jiggajug jiggajug jiggajug jiggajug jiggajig jiggajug jiggaJUHJUHHH (whaaaa)..

Dec 22, 2009 at 05:39PM EST

A. Tak and the power of JuJu theme song

Q. Twilight: the book or the movie?

Dec 22, 2009 at 05:39PM EST

A: The “jigga stole my bike” show theme song
Q: What kind of cheese is yatta?


Dec 22, 2009 at 05:40PM EST

@: why god why?

Dec 22, 2009 at 05:42PM EST

A. because you an entire coke bottle
Q. hectorius, you keep getting beat by ninjas, how does this make you feel?

Dec 22, 2009 at 05:44PM EST

A. You must be allergic to fists.

Q. What would you do if Milhouse became a meme?

Dec 22, 2009 at 05:48PM EST

A.cause this makes Real Genius happy

Dec 22, 2009 at 06:03PM EST

A. Because it’s more fun than not being here.

Q. aren’t Rules 1&2 contradictory?

Dec 22, 2009 at 06:14PM EST
Quote my pants…
Q.That answer wasnt necessary,right?

Dec 22, 2009 at 06:16PM EST

A.the division of 0
Q.i feel like i’m a problem?

Dec 22, 2009 at 06:20PM EST

A: 500 GET!
Q: What would Hector do if he found out he had a sex change in his sleep?

Dec 22, 2009 at 07:32PM EST

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