Want to be a better critical thinker? Questions can be a powerful way to spot false narratives and “weaponized lies.” Read more about it in this article I wrote for The Atlantic’s Quartz.com.
What if we used questioning more in our personal lives?
People who used to be comfortably ensconced in the role of “expert” didn’t have to question; they had the answers, they possessed the knowledge. But what happens when you live in a time when much of that knowledge is subject to constant change, revision, or even obsolescence? Well, then you can’t be a comfortable expert anymore—you must be a restless learner.
An imaginary prize inspires this and other questions In an interesting recent article in the New York Times headlined “Imaginary Prizes Take Aim at Real Problems,” the reporter J. Peder Zane approached a number of MacArthur Foundation fellowship winners—i.e., people who are doing groundbreaking work on various important issues—and asked them the following beautiful question: […]
Don’t tell people what they need. Ask.