You probably heard this thought experiment as a child, I know I use to ponder it, but with a total lack of understanding of the realities of CONSCIOUSNESS and MIND (not “brain). This question can be logically approached with a very “satisfying answer”, so here we go.
We know that what we “perceive” as “sound” is actually “pressure waves” in the air around us. So does that mean that pressure waves “are” sound? Of course they are not. Pressure waves are a physical phenomenon. Sound is only perceived when those pressure waves are converted in the cochlea of the ear into “nerve impulses” that are transmitted in the brain and are EXPERIENCED by MIND as “sounds”.
In physics, there is no such measurable thing as sound, sure you can measure “wavelength” and “Amplitude” of the pressure wave, but those are not sound. Likewise there is no such thing as “color” in the physical world either, there is only “frequencies [wavelengths] of photons [light]”. In fact what our minds interpret as colors is only a minute portion of the frequency range found in the electromagnetic spectrum as with pressure waves in air our minds only interpret as sound the frequencies between 20-20,000 cycles per second. Seriously, when was the last time you looked at your microwave and saw a “color”, the thought is ridiculous, or when you passed through the x-ray machine at the airport or your dentist’s of Dr.’s office? Sound and Color only happen in “PERCEPTION” of physical events,,, the physical events themselves have no such characteristic that exist prior to their interpretation.
If you want to take it a mind blowing step beyond that, modern physics (now 100 years old) shows that there is NO TREE or PRESSURE WAVES or anything “PHYSICAL” until a “CONSCIOUS MIND” experiences it. The Quantum Erasure Experiment seems to prove this beyond any shadow of a doubt. (BTW – this is the perfect way to see if an AI has “consciousness”).
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