February 06, 2006

Good Answers

Good answers come from good questions not from esoteric analysis.

Schoolman et al., (1968)


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  1. m

    Good problem solvers know to wait when time is ripe;
    an answer may then come even without any question.
    Thus good answers may come from simply waiting for the right time.

    28 Mar 2007, 16:40

  2. I totally agree with you that good answers may come from simply waiting for the right time. But how can we define the right time? The timing is dependant on so many other variables, such as personal timing, contextual timing,....What about if the context does not require the hand of time?

    28 Mar 2007, 23:27

  3. m

    Science has at least to guarantee for intersubjectivity. So the endeavour is always to justify, give reasons, prove the optimality of something etc.
    Yet, even in science there is a time, a right time – on the large scale of development of sciences but also on an individual scale.
    The best to know about the right time is by introspection, or, even just to feel. Could be a justification later – need not be.

    29 Mar 2007, 10:39

  4. We are a part of this evolutionary process. What it is evolving outside ourselves; it is evolving simultaneously inside us. Hence when the time is ripe (you are right) we can feel the transformation. There is no need for a justification. Under all (pathetic) justifications which are good for anything, there lies a silence that is better.

    30 Mar 2007, 06:17

  5. m

    ”..there lies a silence that is better.”
    I agree. However, the times aren’t for that deeper insight nowadays. Neither in politics, nor in science. All too often good initiatives are destroyed by the necessary process of justification. Or, brillant ideas are torn apart by the required cascade of justification in science. Or, lousy initiatives are “successful” by the right campaign of justification. Or, usual ideas are widespread and acknowledged by the right process of justification (including ritually applied methods, cross-referencing the “suitable” sources, ..).

    31 Mar 2007, 20:11


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