American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
Silence is so difficult to find; even when we think we’ve found it, we still have to deal with our own internal psychological noise.
For most of us, exposure to noise is inescapable (and is only getting worse). Its consequences for our health are manifold.
When was the last time that you were truly surrounded by silence? City life is inevitably always accompanied by noise, and it’s a growing problem for our health.
Noise is all around us. So it has been, ever since we swapped our hunter-gatherer lifestyle for city-living – which is where the ancients’ complicated relationship with silence began…
Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton talks about the sound of melting snow, what it means to truly listen, and how silence continues to creep away from us.
Sometimes, our modern lives become cluttered with too much psychological noise. That’s when it’s nice to step away, perhaps to a convent, for a silent retreat.
To our detriment, silence is in short supply. In fact, noise can be harmful to both us humans and the environment we live in.