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Because sound is waves of pressure propagating through air. Thus, the disturbance created by the tree will make a sound regardless is somebody's eardrum was able to pick it up.

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While that is true, you just said that sound is really waves of pressure in the air, there has to be a receptor, such as a person's eardrum to turn those waves into sound... So if they never get translated into sound... Is it really a sound, or just waves that continue bouncing around until they dissipate?

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its not a science question, it's an English question. It's not like waves of pressure magically turn into sound in your ear. Your brain interprets the signal. Whether you're there to interpret the waves of pressure is irrelevant.

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From a scientific standpoint, it's obvious that the tree would in fact make a sound, but I think the question not only targets our logical thinking, but something else as well. I don't really know what else it targets, but that's just my guess

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Actually, if you look it up, I'm right. Many scientists have said so, and it's been published in scientific magazines and books, such as Scientific American. I've also had serval college professors answer this question.

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Because asking if a tree makes a sound when it falls is a rhetorical question.. and my question was rhetorical to. The tin man clearly has a sheet metal cock to clarify.

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