glenn123 asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 8 years ago

Does every question have an assumption?

I mean...even the simplest questions seem to have one; why: a purpose, who or what: an identity; a distinction....how: a function, etc. Am I wrong? Assuming I'm not, I think assumptions are a major problem. But can we ever get rid of them or just keep them under control; at a minimum?

What do you think?

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Why would R&S be the suggested category? I don't get it. :]

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    I think you're right that simple questions have an underlying assumption. And all questions carry the assumption that there will be at least one, and possibly many, answers.

    Abstract and open-ended questions are better at avoiding the kind of assumptions that are really foregone conclusions, but you are absolutely right, there are still some elementary implicit assumptions! Perhaps the best way to make them as benign as possible is to be aware of any inherent bias. Very very interesting question! I wonder what assumptions underpinned it?!

  • shary
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Answer : The Mayan calender ends on 2012 since any individual picked the date that it started out to "calibrate" it to 2012. Not a single 2012 authority can thoroughly provide an explanation for how they derived the start date of the Mayan calendar so precisely (in view that they guessed at it!!!). After 2012 passes, they'll rediscover a new start date, and begin the endworld books (entire with profits from suckers who purchase them) anew with a later date. The ol' "planets in alignment" endworld scenario was once played out 3 times before the last one in 1999. As each date passed, they "corrected" their calculations to a later date. They simply stopped considering this Mayan thing bought extra books. After they play this one out, they will drag out the Norse calendar, Stonehenge, or rely the quantity of "e"s in the bible for the subsequent endworld prediction/book vendor. Apart from - The Mayans had at least 17 exclusive calendars. Just one is theorized to end in 2012 . The Schumann Cavity resonance hasn't changed because it's discovery. It wasn't even significantly theorized unless 1952, or measurable until 1962. It does fluctuate under one of a kind atmospheric stipulations, but it's neither degrading or changing in any detectable method. There are several frequencies related to it. The main frequency is 7.Eight Hz. Nevertheless, there are harmonic frequencies up to nearly 60 Hz. They've consistently been there. The Earth's magnetic field has dropped about 5% in the final a hundred and fifty years. Hardly ever a trend that lead to a "zero factor" in 4 years, if it can be a pattern at all. It could be a cycle, due to the fact we couldn't measure the subject before then. The 26,000 12 months cycle is based on the idea that the middle of the galaxy aligns with the Earth and the sun on that cycle. What they don't say is that this incidence can handiest be predicted to inside 300 years of accuracy. So the odds of a targeted day in 2012 being proper are pretty slim. And when it occurs, so what. A paperclip throughout the room has extra gravitational affect on you than the whole aligned galaxy.

  • 8 years ago

    Every question is based on something... who, what, why, etc., and therefore we must not only assume, but rely on the fact that there is a purpose, function, identity, etc., otherwise, what's the point of the question? Assumptions are a natural part of the human condition, and I can illustrate that with your own words. In your question, you say "Am I wrong? Assuming I'm not, I think assumptions are a major problem." So you've assumed that you're not wrong in saying assumptions are wrong.... ayyy... I have a headache now... thanks Glen! lol! :-p

  • Eink
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    I think yes? Every question is derived from objects, people, actions that connote uncertainty. Before any knowledge is born, questions are asked on the basis of ponders and wonders that circle our mind. The same reason as to why people answer differently ----- some relatively threading by the lane, some going off the course? That's because every question is thought to have some allegoric or metaphoric substance in them ----- regardless of their simplicity of inquiry.

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  • Stevo
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    I often have to make assumptions on most Y!A questions, since the context isn't clear.

  • 8 years ago

    No, considering every person has their own opinion and personal bias.

  • 8 years ago

    i think so glenn, maybe the qs dont but WE do so cant ask them without it

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