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Create a web based mechanism to discuss if we are asking the right questions about certain subjects. "ARE WE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS?"

There are many subjects where discussions get sidetracked and useful resolutions don't get discussed and implemented because the wrong questions are asked.

I would love to see some sort of web based mechanism created and used where people could raise a red flag when they saw subjects debated where the discussion had been diverted and the important facets of the subject were being ignored or missed.

A way to raise these red flags so they can serve as effective warnings that will be heeded by the press and humanity alike would help serve mankind.

For example, in electing candidates, how much time is wasted talking about things that have virtually nothing to do with the abilities of candidates to successfully carry out the duties of their offices? Instead of asking about and discussing things that are irrelevant, we would be better served by defining those skills that are important for a successful office holder to have. The press is particularly guilty of not asking the right questions but rather of wallowing in sensationalism and endless poll results reporting. "ARE WE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS?"

Another related misdirected type question could be do we mistake desiring to get the MOST people to vote in an election with trying to get the people who are BEST QUALIFIED to vote in an election. We often mistake quantity for quality. "ARE WE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS?"

I believe there are many subjects that are discussed in public and by the press that are not properly debated because people tend to follow the initial line of discussion and often don't look at issues with a fresh eye to make sure the right questions are asked.

How can you suggest such a mechanism could be created?

Perhaps a website called: "ARE WE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS?"

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  • Aug 2 2012: How would we know if we are asking the right question except by the results of our assumptions playing out be for our very eyes.
    • Aug 2 2012: John, I don't think waiting for the results is the only way to figure out if we are asking the right questions. Certainly observing shows us the results of the way we might have chosen but being open to challenging the idea that there is only one possible solution or viewpoint to an issue should open us up to possible finding better solutions. My point is we need better mechanisms to help to keep our minds open to many different ways of viewing situations.
      • Aug 2 2012: Certainly observing shows us the results of the way we might have chosen

        We cannot change the way we chose in the past and imagining that we could have chosen differantly, is a basic human error. We chose out of all of who we were at that time and that is all we were. There was no one else present.

        Moving forward we have many possibilities and we will choose the one which dominates all of who we are at that specific time based upon our values and how we make decisions.

        The mechanism of decision making can be greatly improved by becoming more conscious of feelings and integrating them with the minds objectivity.

        The Chinese are better at this than we in the West. This is one of the reasons that women are moving up in corporate because they integrate the two more radially than the white men.

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