posted on Aug, 20 2008 @ 03:29 PM
Depends on the age of reality where the fallen tree exists. Sounds crazy I know... read on. I assure you there's logic behind this statement.
If the tree was created in it's fallen state, then the sound would only exist if something or someone observing it understood that the fallen tree
must have once been standing tall. Then the entire history of the tree's fall (including the sound) would be created at that moment, in addition to
it's growth and anything else that we deem to be "required" for what we see to exist. It's a case of creating the past in the future, or defining
your reality's past using a set of rules. After all, we're just looking at complex waveforms and trying to make sense of them... but no sense
exists until we define it.
I mentioned "age of reality" because this universe might only be 200 "actual years" old for all we know (or less) if we consider that this is more
or less a simulated experience. The rest of the past we created along the way via the process defined above.
Just think about how we dream. In our dream we may find trees that appear hundreds of years old... yet our dream lasts only a few minutes. This life
may be no different. It's all very convincing until it's over. Then we wake up and laugh about it with our friends and family... or if we wake up
all the way, we laugh with ourself because only we exist.
The main thing is though, that when we create the past, we're creating future experiences for ourselves. So using a set of rules to define reality
is actually a very creative process, despite the frustrations surrounding our limitations.
I hope I made sense, lol. It's a subject I enjoy and tend to ramble a fair bit when I talk about it.