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Jeff; - See my profile ->
Texas, United States
I ask...In a light hearted effort to know others, “I ask?”.
Philosophy is the chess game of life, Let us play. You move by asking questions. This is known as the Socratic Method, it is a form of inquiry based debate. I invite you to a game. It is easy, just ask questions.
There are Only 3 rules:1. Ask questions.2. Respond to questions.3. It is in fun, everyone’s world view is fair and welcomed.
Below are my opening moves;Where did everything come from?... ?=1Could everything have been created from nothing?... 0=1Was everything created by something?...1=1If 1=1 something created everything, could it be inert?If something animated created everything, what can we know about it?
1. Fact, anything finite, must have been created or have a creation process.
2. Fact, anything infinite, does not require a creation process.
Start a new game called "chat" and, tell me your opinion about any of these questions or ask me a question. Your move!If you like to chat, add me to your friends list. I would love to chat with you.
Jeff,Remote old man
BTW; my profile is somewhat true however it represents my on-line persona for security reasions.
Ok a little house keeping. Most of the time I write in chat style meaning all English rules may or may not be used if the writing is so bad you don’t understand we ask for clarification. This bothers some people I can write to standard it just takes longer and I can not do it from my phone. So Greek style is fine with me.
Next point is reality vs. fact, if you have evidence for your position, it is based in reality, otherwise you are in fantasy, agreed? Example if God exists, then that would be reality, if not you are in fantasy. Last but not least, the truth of any statement can be altered by the definition of every word. So, It may be necessary to ask how one is using any given word. In an effort to maintain intellectual honesty, if you cannot defend it with fact, just admit the point is your fantasy and we can move on. This saves time debating a point you will not abandoned no matter how many facts show it to be false.
The Socratic method (also known as method of elenchus, elenctic method, or Socratic debate), named after the classical Greek philosopher Socrates, is a form of inquiry and discussion between individuals, based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas. It is a dialectical method, often involving a discussion in which the defense of one point of view is questioned; one participant may lead another to contradict himself in some way, thus strengthening the inquirer's own point.
The Socratic method is a negative method of hypothesis elimination, in that better hypotheses are found by steadily identifying and eliminating those that lead to contradictions. The Socratic method searches for general, commonly held truths that shape opinion, and scrutinizes them to determine their consistency with other beliefs. The basic form is a series of questions formulated as tests of logic and fact intended to help a person or group discover their beliefs about some topic, exploring the definitions or logoi (singular logos), seeking to characterize the general characteristics shared by various particular instances. The extent to which this method is employed to bring out definitions implicit in the interlocutors' beliefs, or to help them further their understanding, is called the method of maieutics. Aristotle attributed to Socrates the discovery of the method of definition and induction, which he regarded as the essence of the scientific method.
In the second half of the 5th century BC, sophists were teachers who specialized in using the tools of philosophy and rhetoric to entertain or impress or persuade an audience to accept the speaker's point of view. Socrates promoted an alternative method of teaching which came to be called the Socratic method.
Socrates began to engage in such discussions with his fellow Athenians after his friend from youth, Chaerephon, visited the Oracle of Delphi, which confirmed that no man in Greece was wiser than Socrates. Socrates saw this as a paradox, and began using the Socratic method to answer his conundrum. Diogenes Laërtius, however, wrote that Protagoras invented the “Socratic” method.
Plato famously formalized the Socratic elenctic style in prose—presenting Socrates as the curious questioner of some prominent Athenian interlocutor—in some of his early dialogues, such as Euthyphro and Ion, and the method is most commonly found within the so-called "Socratic dialogues", which generally portray Socrates engaging in the method and questioning his fellow citizens about moral and epistemological issues.
The phrase Socratic questioning is used to describe a kind of questioning in which an original question is responded to as though it were an answer. This in turn forces the first questioner to reformulate a new question in light of the progress of the discourse.
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