"If a tree falls..."

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed May 11 18:23:15 UTC 2005

Can anyone help me determine the origin of the philosophical conundrum "If
a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?"

Fred Shapiro

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