Questioning Questions?


Why do we ask questions?

Is it possible to write a complete posting using only questions?

What is a question?

Will you, the reader, be able to understand this message, if the message contains only questions?

What is Socratic Questioning?

Do questions cause you to think of more questions?

Why do questions make us think?

Do answers cause you to think of more answers?

Do questions or answers drive thinking?

Do you find this posting more confusing and/or thought provoking, than ones that contain most sentences that are not questions?

Is your mind “swirling” and your nerves “on edge” because of the questioning format of this posting?

Do you like “thought-provoking” questions and/or “fun” questions?

Are these “thought-provoking” or “fun” questions?

What is the most fundamental concept of human thought?

Do we live in our minds?

Should we try to make reality fit our thinking or should we try to make our thinking fit reality?

Are these “fun” or “thought-provoking” questions?

How far east can you go before you’re heading west?

Are eyebrows considered facial hair?

Why does caregiver and caretaker mean the same thing?

Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?

If there’s a speed of sound and a speed of light is there a speed of smell?

What do Greeks say when they don’t understand something?

If prunes are dehydrated plums, where does prune juice come from?

What is another word for “thesaurus”?

If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

What’s a question with no answer called?

What’s an answer with no question called?

OK, why questions? I think that questions, more than any other single thing, cause humans to create new thoughts. By new thoughts, I mean different points of view, connections of concepts, intellectually interesting inferences, etc. This posting was the result of a single question in my mind. “Could I write a posting using only questions?” The answer – I almost did! :-)

I end with a poem, containing only questions, entitled:

4 – How, Where, Why, Who, What and When?

–Ron Rogers 4/18/09

How many breaths will it take to run a mile?

How many seconds will it take to wait a while?

How many battles do we need for us to win?

How many delays do we need before we begin?

Where are we going in order to be here?

Where are the assured when they feel fear?

Where are the signs on the road to success?

Where are the repressed when we confess?

Why do we smile when one makes a gaffe?

Why do we cry when we laugh?

Why do we love what others hate?

Why do we depend so much on faith?

Who is alone and lives in a city?

Who is successful but deserves our pity?

Who is unfaithful but receives our trust?

Who is unfair but still is just?

What is hot and also cold?

What is young when our wish is old?

What is east as well as west?

What is known and not assessed?


When does time explain the present?

When does youth become adolescent?

When does friendship become love?

When does reality make an example of?

What are your comments?



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