29 Jan Human Consciousness
Lately, I’ve been thinking about a question we used to ask each other as kids. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? I was an extremely intelligent young kid. My very Polish grandmother used to call me the “little professor” in that accent she had. Back then, when my neurons were still firing on all cylinders, I was sure that the falling tree made a sound whether anyone was there or not. Now that I’m older, I’m asking a deeper question. Has the tree even fallen if there is no one around to confirm that it has? Let’s substitute a more modern example to distance ourselves from the confirmation bias that might prejudice the tree question. If a digital projector is playing in a movie theater and there is no one around to watch the movie, has the movie played? I’ll let everyone think about this while I go off and write another chapter.