On Being Published by On Being Gordon Hempton — The Last Quiet Places: Silence and the Presence of Everything [remix] Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/355363/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox" and quiet is a "think tank of the soul."