trees falling

A 1910 physics book asks:”If a tree falls in a forest and no animal is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Interpretations to this philosophical riddle point to the possibility of unperceived existence, the knowledge of the unobserved world and the dissimilarity between sensation and reality. Can something exist without being perceived? Can we assume the unobserved world functions the same as the observed world? What is the diference between what something is, and how it appears? In this way, the discussion regarding observation and knowledge of reality is addressed.

“...the capacity to transcend the mere intention of giving form to an idea, to atempt to encompass the entire universe surrounding (it).”
Sanford Kwinter: Architectures of Time