Reasons for Questioning    QE8   30 April 2017 Thor May


1. What is the best way to ask interesting questions, and why bother anyway?

2. Is progress in anything possible without asking intelligent questions?

3. Why do children stop asking most questions after puberty?

4. Which cultures and sub-cultures accept open questioning, and which discourage them?

5. Are workplaces where questioning is encouraged viable, or a prescription for chaos?

6. Does 'spectator culture' (TV, pop concerts, spectator sport etc) anaesthetize people's minds and deprive them of real questioning skills?

7. Formal education in all subjects teachers a set of procedural skills, and a set narrative to 'explain' what is being done. Does this add up to an adequate education?

8. When someone offers an opinion, what is a friendly way to question where their ideas came from, and how other interpretations might be possible?

9. For me (Thor) formulating questions about the world has been a kind of lifelong mental sport. It doesn't seem to be a popular sport, at least in Australia. Can you think of some good ways to introduce people into this kind of questioning habit? Do Australians (or Adelaideans) have a particular cultural bias against creative questioning (as opposed to, say, complaining)?

10. Who are some good role models for popularizing the idea of systematic questioning?

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