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A hermit died. No one knew.
My third six-word story. Inspired by Erwin Schrödinger's thought experiment (explained here: [link]) and that ever-so-famous philosophical question, "If a tree falls in the forest and no one's around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

Say there's a hermit living somewhere, so removed from society that no other human knows about him (this isn't very far-fetched), and suddenly he dies... and no one knows.

Just something to think about. ;)

Also, I'm not saying that I think Schrödinger's experiment is valid (I'd have to have more information before making that assessment - a lot more). But I still find it interesting.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
"Which was as he wanted it", says he, in six words.
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
That adds a whole new layer to it. I like the way you think. 
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lifeuncommon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Check out the song by Simon and Garfunkel: "A Most Peculiar Man". A loner died and people only knew because he lived in close proximity to gossips.
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
You know, I'm a fan of Simon and Garfunkel and for some reason, I've never heard that song. Hmm... I shall have to check it out.
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lifeuncommon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
It's a good one but putting it on the same album (let alone directly next to) the song "Richard Corey" was a bit of a double-barelled downer. :(
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MadOldHag Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How can you be sure he's dead when no one knows?
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Precisely the point. This piece is almost a paradox.
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MadOldHag Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why I like it. :-)
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Aww, thank you. :D
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MadOldHag Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome. :-)
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
:blowkiss:
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thousandthwind Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Schrodinger's experiment, in my opinion, is one of the most difficult questions of science. This piece is incredible, thanks for sharing.
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Yeah, it's definitely a head-scratcher. Thank you!
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Arashka Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
So hermits will live forever ... and no one will know.
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Haha, perhaps. Who knows?
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innercartwheel Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Very interesting concept. But they will know, months after, when they find his skull being pecked by crows.
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Providing they do find his skull. They might not. Depends on many factors. But thanks! I'm glad you find it interesting.
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bloedzuigerbloed Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Schrodinger's cat is my favorite experiment.
My cat was named Schrodinger after his cat-in-the-box theory.
(And, I admit, I DO consider it valid... as long as you had absolutely no idea the sate of the cat. I.E. is it scratching? Is it silent? For that's the only way the theory would work.)

And just because I answer questions nobody wants answered, a tree that falls in the forest with no one there to hear it both does and does not make a sound because we identify sound as a vibration we recognize when it's transferred to our brain from being detected in our ear canal, but that tree, as a law, would make a vibration. (Phew, long sentence.) So although it would not be recognized as a sound, necessarily, it would still be a sound. :D Both a sound and not a sound at the same time! AAH! MY HEAD!
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
It's not mine, but I do find it interesting. I can't say much about its validity given that I only understand the basic idea of it, and that, to my knowledge, it's never been corroborated.

I suppose so. I don't really have an answer for the question myself, but I like yours. :D (Surprisingly, I didn't hurt my head!)
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bloedzuigerbloed Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it has a bit to do with quantum mechanics, but I could be wrong.

I like problems such as those ones, but I probably couldn't solve the professional ones for the life of me.
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Delicatestrength Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... Is it sad that I only know about Schrodinger's cat because of the Big Bang Theory?
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
No. I only know about it because it got mentioned once in a college class I took. And it wasn't even a science class. :P
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Delicatestrength Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahaha!! lol What class??
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Poetry Writing. A girl wrote a poem called "Schrodinger's Cat" and read it out loud. She had to explain the experiment to everyone. XD
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Delicatestrength Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh... Very cool. x)
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
It was. :D
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Delicatestrength Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol I bet. I'd like to read that.
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ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Writer
Very interesting and unique.
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Thank you!
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ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome!
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
:heart:
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ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Writer
:D
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SailorCross Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
did he die? Or did he transcend? That dead cat may or may not be dead
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
That's the question. No one can really say.
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SailorCross Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I like quantum~ the only answer though is when we cross through the rabbit hole ourselves.
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Exactly. :nod:
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SailorCross Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
hehe~
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Ike9899 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
this is interesting. i'd never heard of six word stories, but they really make you think. i was actually JUST thinking about the tree in a forest thing.... creepy..
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Not very many people write them, but they do have a following. Here's a group dedicated to them: [link]. Really? Well, what do you know?
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Ike9899 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
know about the tree thing? well, i know that schrodinger did this experiment with a cat where he placed the cat and a vial of poison in a box, and the poison was set to disperse at a random time. So the cat was in a state of not death. A.K.A, the kat was both alive and dead at the same time to us. Thus, the tree could have been standing up and and fallen over... Making noise, and completely silent. But we wouldn't know, cause "you had to be there."

Ah, quantum physics are a *****.
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Exactly. It's all very trippy.
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Piegoose Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor hermit :(. lol at one point I thought being a hermit would be epic (not that I know if it is or isn't)
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I think it depends on the individual. Me personally, I could never live that kind of life. I get bored and lonely too easily. But I'm sure it would have its perks. Less bullshit from society, for one.
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Piegoose Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya lol, I just wonder if being lonely would be bad if you were in the wild. I mean you wouldn't have to continually watch other people do different things, and you could do whatever you wanted without anyone saying anything. But your right about the stuff you'd have to do. If I found a good lake to live by though, I think I could manage somehow
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
True, very true. And things like gathering food would keep you busy, so it's not like you'd be sitting and thinking all day. Still, I like the idea of having companionship. If I were to live all alone with no one around, I'd probably start talking to myself and carving human figurines out of wood to give myself company. But that's just me, lol.
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Piegoose Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya I guess your right lol :D that was an old thought too anyways
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Gotterdam16 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
ahhh...
Schrodinger's experiment is both valid and invalid
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
:shrug: I just find it hard to put stock in the notion that something could be dead and alive at the same time. But, I guess, that's quantum mechanics...

In any case, the experiment is intriguing.
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