This is a tricky question which philosophers
have been arguing over for years! I can't give a
true answer because nobody really knows, but I'll
walk you through the arguments.
When a tree falls and I see it, it makes a
sound and I hear it. If it falls and nobody is
there, we could assume that it makes a sound
because it always makes a sound when we see it
fall, but how do we know what it does when
there is nobody there to witness it? This is a
tricky question of "do things happen the same
when we see it and when nobody sees it". But
we can never answer that because we can never know
unless we see it!
The second part is about "do things exist if
nobody knows?". If a tree falls and I hear it,
I am confirming that it exists. The tree is a
thing because I hear it. But what if nobody hears
it fall -- does it still exist if nobody can
confirm that it does?
These are all tough questions that none knows the
answer to, but philosophers love to debate it!
After all, if there are no answers, we can keep
debating and try to open our minds to different
possibilities and different answers.
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