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Humanist Archives: May 28, 2021, 6:16 a.m. Humanist 35.47 - question about questioning

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 47.
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        Date: 2021-05-27 11:26:33+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: question about questioning

Let's say that the recursive process of constructing, implementing, 
running and revising a model of something (i.e. modelling) is a kind of 
open-ended questioning. For a better grasp of modelling, what help 
might we be able to get from looking into the role of questioning in the 
context of research? Those here who have taught students about how 
to do research will likely have told them that good questions are those 
that lead to better ones. (If anyone here knows a source for that old 
saying, I'd be glad to know it.) 

But how does that happen? How do we come up with a good question? 
Who has written insightfully about that, not about the linguistic structure 
of interrogatives nor the role of questioning in conversation &c but about 
how good questions are conceived?

Suggestions welcome!

Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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