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              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 50.
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        Date: 2021-05-28 13:11:15+00:00
        From: Dr. Herbert Wender <>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.47: question about questioning

Dear Willard,

an old book came to mind: "Denkpsychologie", printed in the GDR, a german
translation of russian research with an intereting method to explore the
thinking about problems: the probands should articulate aloud their ways to
solve a given problem.

Googl'ing "russische Denkpsychologie" I got on top:

"Aufsatz: Beiträge zur systemischen Supervision - Zur Bedeutung der Problemlöse-
und Denkpsychologie", a conference paper by Detlef Bunk (2003)
p. 4: Eine sehr wirksame produktive kognitive Technik der Informationsgewinnung
ist das Stellen von Fragen (vergl. BÜHLER, 1907, 1908, S. 75; v. FOERSTER, 1985,
S. 13), was auch KLIX erkannt hat: "DUNCKER's Begriff der 'Konfliktanalyse' kann
von der Erlebnisbeschreibung aus mit den Worten 'Warum geht es nicht weiter',
'Was müsste geändert werden' umschrieben werden" (1973, S. 722).

Kind regards, Herbert

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                  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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