On Being Blog: Sounds of Silence


by Gordon Hempton

Uluru SunsetUluru Sunset (photo by Martin Fisher/Flickr)

The day will come when man will have to fight noise as inexorably as cholera and the plague.” So said the Nobel Prize-winning bacteriologist Robert Koch in 1905. A century later, that day has drawn much nearer….

Erica described the silence of Acadia National park to me the other day after hearing this. I described the similar experience I had off of the backroads of Kansas.