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tfus
 
Reply Thu 20 May, 2010 07:43 am
hi,
why do we ask questions of which we know they have no answers Wink

peace

ThinkForUrSelf ( dont have to encourage u to do so though..)
 
kennethamy
 
Reply Thu 20 May, 2010 09:53 am
@tfus,
tfus;166437 wrote:
hi,
why do we ask questions of which we know they have no answers Wink

peace

ThinkForUrSelf ( dont have to encourage u to do so though..)


How do we know that? And, it is important to know why they have no answers if we know they don't. After all, so many people ask those questions. An important philosophical question is what kinds of questions have no answers, and why don't they. And why do people ask the anyway? But what may be significant is that children (along with philosophers) also ask questions that have no answers. For instance: "How high is up?", and, "Where does the light go when it goes out?"
 
Reconstructo
 
Reply Thu 20 May, 2010 03:23 pm
@tfus,
tfus;166437 wrote:
hi,
why do we ask questions of which we know they have no answers Wink


Maybe we don't get the answers we set out for but other answers, possibly better than the ones we thought we wanted(?)

Or maybe it just makes life more interesting...Smile
 
GoshisDead
 
Reply Thu 20 May, 2010 03:51 pm
@Reconstructo,
Maybe the answers we get that we know we can't rely on are good enough for us
 
sometime sun
 
Reply Thu 20 May, 2010 05:03 pm
@tfus,
tfus;166437 wrote:
hi,
why do we ask questions of which we know they have no answers Wink

peace

ThinkForUrSelf ( dont have to encourage u to do so though..)

Because measuring what people don't know is how we come to think we know more.

Welcome to the forum, keep up the good work.
Great to greet you.
Have a bright stay.
What if anything are you reading currently?
 
kennethamy
 
Reply Thu 20 May, 2010 05:18 pm
@Reconstructo,
Reconstructo;166590 wrote:
Maybe we don't get the answers we set out for but other answers, possibly better than the ones we thought we wanted(?)

Or maybe it just makes life more interesting...Smile


Why should I want an answer to a question I never even asked? Reminds me of the famous reported dialogue between Gertrude Stein and her "companion" Alice Tolkien when the former was dying. Alice asked, "Gertrude, Gertrude, what is the answer?" and Gertrude Stein replied, "Alice, Alice, what is the question?" Most sensible thing, I think, I ever heard that Gertrude said.
 
qualia
 
Reply Thu 20 May, 2010 05:36 pm
@tfus,
tfus wrote:
why do we ask questions of which we know they have no answers

Why assume we're looking for an answer?
 
kennethamy
 
Reply Thu 20 May, 2010 05:55 pm
@qualia,
qualia;166638 wrote:
Why assume we're looking for an answer?


Isn't that the function of asking questions? I would have thought so.
 
qualia
 
Reply Thu 20 May, 2010 05:58 pm
@kennethamy,
kennethamy wrote:
Isn't that the function of asking questions? I would have thought so.

Would you? Personally, I would have thought the function of the question was to interrogate something.
 
sometime sun
 
Reply Thu 20 May, 2010 06:05 pm
@qualia,
qualia;166644 wrote:
Would you? Personally, I would have thought the function of the question was to interrogate something.

Or to subjugate?
 
 

 
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