Philisophical question

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Philisophical question

Postby Dai » 1 Feb 2007, 7:56pm

IF you fall off your bike high in the Welsh Beacons where no one can hear does the bike hitting the tarmac make a sound?

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Postby Mick F » 1 Feb 2007, 8:01pm

Depends how windy it is. I went up there once. It was windy, and I didn't see a cyclist, let alone hear one above the roar!

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Re: Philisophical question

Postby whoops » 1 Feb 2007, 8:31pm

Dai wrote:IF you fall off your bike high in the Welsh Beacons where no one can hear does the bike hitting the tarmac make a sound?




" Ouch." Perhaps!

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Postby robbo » 1 Feb 2007, 9:21pm

But if you fall off your bike you must be there to hear it.

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Postby reohn2 » 1 Feb 2007, 11:59pm

Only if you hear it.

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Postby ThomasDylan » 2 Feb 2007, 8:09am

It depends on the definition of "sound". The bike hitting the tarmac will create energy in the form of sound waves. If those sound waves do not then trigger the aural sensory system of a sentient being, then I don't think it becomes a sound, merely energy that is expended in other ways.

Rather a scientific answer to a philosophical question, but best I can do :-)

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Postby thirdcrank » 2 Feb 2007, 9:08am

Nothing changes.

In a time when religion played a bigger part in everyone’s lives, a conversation took place on a similar theme in an academic quadrangle about a tree: was it still there when nobody could see it?

One Ronald Arbuthnot Knox wrote

There once was a man who said, ‘God
Must think it exceedingly odd
If He finds that this tree
Continues to be
When there’s no one about in the Quad'.

Anon replied:

Dear Sir, your astonishment’s odd:
I am always about in the Quad.
And that’s why the tree
Will continue to be,
Since observed by

Yours faithfully

God.

(Even then, some people had as much time to waste sorry, philosophise, as we do on here.)

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Postby Si » 2 Feb 2007, 9:52am

Last time I fell off my bike high inthe Welsh hills it didn't make a sound, on account of it being embedded in a dead sheep :cry:

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Postby ThomasDylan » 2 Feb 2007, 10:51am

Si wrote:Last time I fell off my bike high inthe Welsh hills it didn't make a sound, on account of it being embedded in a dead sheep :cry:


Ewe must be joking ;-)

Guy

Postby Guy » 2 Feb 2007, 10:53am

ThomasDylan wrote:
Si wrote:Last time I fell off my bike high inthe Welsh hills it didn't make a sound, on account of it being embedded in a dead sheep :cry:


Ewe must be joking ;-)


Please don't ram these silly jokes down our throats :(


:P :D

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Postby Si » 2 Feb 2007, 10:59am

anymore puns? c'mon, don't be sheepish! :oops:

Charlie

Postby Charlie » 2 Feb 2007, 12:06pm

Wool I never, quickly, let's get the flock out of here!

Guy

Postby Guy » 2 Feb 2007, 12:11pm

Charlie wrote:Wool I never, quickly, let's get the flock out of here!


Don't use language like that, you might upset the poor wee lambs.

Charlie

Postby Charlie » 2 Feb 2007, 12:16pm

Guy wrote:
Charlie wrote:Wool I never, quickly, let's get the flock out of here!


you might upset the poor wee lambs.


Well, Clarice - have the lambs stopped screaming?

Charlie

Postby Charlie » 2 Feb 2007, 12:21pm

Si wrote:Last time I fell off my bike high inthe Welsh hills it didn't make a sound, on account of it being embedded in a dead sheep :cry:

Could it have been avoided?
I suppose it was mint to be.