J Whitney

Vermont College
Burlington, VT, United States

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J Whitney
Posted over 4 years ago
What sounds do you think are in the universe?
I think it's important to realize that sound is created only when our senses provide our brain with input which can be percieved as sound. Stars exploding and black hole colliding don't make sounds, the produce vibrations of energy. If there is an entity with a sensory organ capable of percieving that energy then they might experience it as "sound", but the event itself has no sound. Levin repeatedly makes the fatal error in her talk (I think), she anthropomophizes the universe and the things in it. I agree that these things are fascinating and infinitley interesting, but much of the wonder is lost by the misdirect of giving physical properties of matter human capacities and personalities. And no, the poetry is not lost in this. The universe insn't singing, we are singing the universe.