Asking Questions

Asking Questions

Who, what, when, where, why…& how

It seems that the best way to go about asking questions is to start of broad. The broader the better. And then start focusing in. On nothing in particular. But discuss everything as you go. Go off on tangents and write it down.

Ask every question. And then ask more. Don’t just focus on the end. People when asking questions should focus more on the ‘journey.’

The podcast that we were asked to listen to, does this. There doesn’t seem to be one answer that they are reaching for. Rather they start off vague and then dive in. Each question asked leads  to another one.

Radiolab hosts Abumrad and Krulwhich like to keep it conversational and continuously point at parts of interest and then take that part deeper. And bring comparisons between various groups. They aren’t afraid to stick with one topic or to leave it and move on.

One of my favorite parts about the podcast was how there were several voices playing a role. It’s not just one or two voices. They bring in new sources of information that brings the conversation another step forward.

This question session that they did was designed in such a way that they were able run with an idea rather than say someone who was left alone to their own thoughts. Creativity is one of the best ways to find answers to questions and to delve in deeper. And that’s one of the best ways to go about life.

So that’s why when you’re writing, make questions. Create as many questions as you can and then make more. And answer as many as you can but beware that not all questions have an answer. And if they do, they most certainly aren’t always clear. But that’s usually better.

If there were no unanswered questions in the world, why would we go out looking for more. We question our questions and question our answers while attempting to find the answers. It’s a cycle that never ends. And I wouldn’t want it to end.

2 thoughts on “Asking Questions

  1. Hi Cali, this is a nice description of the Radiolab guys ways of asking and pursuing questions. Is there a way this way of questioning might be valuable to you in your profession?

    1. In my profession… as in being a future nurse? I’d say yes. Diagnosing people usually takes time and a lot of questions. As I’ve been told, people aren’t always willing to just come out and give you an answer. It takes a bit more than that.

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