What makes a good question?
Like many others I think it is a promising approach to attack a complex problem with posing good questions. It is a little hard to describe what a really good question should look like. For me it is more a process of trial & error. Luckily it turns out rather quickly when a question is not a good one. Nevertheless I would like to outline a few things I found out about good questions:
- The question should be novel, in that it asks something about the problem that has not been asked before
- In my opinion it is also allowed to reformulate an existing question so that it asks something in a new way
- It is best if the question arises directly from an observation you make
- The question should not directly depend on other questions
- It is favourable if the question does not spawn more than 1 other question directly
- It is best if the question stands at the end of your line of reasoning
- The formulation of the question should convey everything it is asking about
- Thus it should be a simple question that is simple to answer
So far my questions are:
I might elaborate on this, as I learn, in the future.. it’s all a process.