Questions and Questioning Jerry Garfunkel
A poet (friend of mine), referring to the human race, once wrote (paraphrasing) the search for a better life condition is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains. It is a natural condition to strive to be better, know more, reach higher, pursue happiness. “We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species.” (Desmond Morris).
There is a famous mathematical, theological, philosophical theorem known as “Goedel’s Incompleteness Theorem.” It states that our fundamental system of natural numbers, built on Peano's Axioms, (Guiseppe Peano 1858-1932), which forms the basis of all numerical analysis, is an infinite and incomplete system. That is, it is impossible to know ALL there is to know. There will always be undiscovered propositions (hypotheses, truths, etc.) waiting to be recognized. Goedel proved that you cannot prove everything. I always thought it remarkable that Goedel, using "man-made" (but god given) prepositional logic and mathematics, proved, at least in my mind, the existence of God – an incomprehensible infinity. I studied Goedel’s Incompleteness Theorem in a graduate course that was offered by the Philosophy department, not the Mathematics department.
Structuring questions as a steering mechanism along a particular path of study lets teachers invent problems for students to solve. The problems can be simple or complex as appropriate. The right questions - correct quantity of analysis and correct sequence - can help students move closer to understanding a topic. “The scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right questions. “ Jamie McKenzie, author of the article quoting Claude Lévi-Strauss. McKenzie states, “ we wield powerful questions as tools to construct a future of our own choosing.”
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Re: The info-glut
The relative order in which I read (process) this identification information is relevant. It is a subtle top-down filtering technique.
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