You can tell if someone is clever by their answers. You can tell if they are wise by their questions
“You can tell if someone is clever by their answers. You can tell if they are wise by their questions." Naguib Mahfouz, Noble Prize Winner
We prize knowledge in this information age but a growing number of leading thinkers are focusing more on inquiry and less on acquisition.
The speed of technological advancement and research means what we thought was fact yesterday can be redundant today.
Learning is not always an additive process anymore.
In a growing number of cases we now need to unlearn (subtract) old rules and knowledge before learning the latest.
In such times the prize goes to those that ask the best questions.
Inquiry ensures we remain exposed to the latest thinking.
It also encourages those around us to get curious before assuming they know the answer.