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brianjedi
09-12-2002, 02:55 PM
Why is the silence so deafening?

dreamer
09-12-2002, 05:49 PM
Oh man! I was so excited that maybe there was something I actually knew about to answer in GQ!! It figures...

Monstre
09-12-2002, 06:23 PM
Shouldn't this be posted in MPQIMA?

(Mundane Pointless Questions I Must Ask)

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manhattan
09-12-2002, 08:27 PM
That's as good a guess as any, Monstre.

Richard Pearse
09-12-2002, 08:30 PM
The silence is deafening because when listening to really loud music your brain becomes accustomed to the noise and raises a sound threshold within the Bach Gland (which, as you know, is the area of the brain that filters out crap music). This is fine until the music/noise stops.

Now the noise level is well below the Bach Threshold, this is perceived by the brain as Negative Noise. If the original noise was loud enough, then the difference between the original noise and the Bach Threshold is less than the difference between the silence and the Bach Threshold.

Thus the Negative Noise is perceived as being louder than the original noise (which was pretty damned loud).