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A crowd-sourced website that acts as a listing of the questions that we do not have answers to. Never finished, always inspiring.

One of the things that i remember from high school twenty plus years ago was a feeling that everything is already known, there are not many questions left and the questions that do exist are for grown-up minds to ponder.

If i attempted to question anything that wasn't in the book and it wasn't in the teachers knowledge-base then it either wasn't real or it wasn't important and to stop being a dreamer and start learning important stuff!

Schools may be now be better than mine were, i don't know.

But couldn't there be a place that offers the idea that questions are more important than answers? Could this place not also allow those visiting to offer insights or resources for further exploration, criteria for proofs of answers, suggested fields of study about the questions?

  • Mar 14 2012: your idea is interesting and i'd like to reply in parts.

    - do u think what should matter in school or later periods is the acceptance of the question? or the absence of the answer? (i'm discussing the last paragraph of the main idea description)

    - i hear kids who havent been to school yet, ask the most unbelievably difficult and bizarre questions to their parents, the percentage of parents not shushing their kids is rising as i see, but what bothers me is that they make up an answer even if they dont have one! we underestimate what that does to them.
    as those kids get into school, i notice they stop asking this kind of questions!
    here i agree with you that teachers have the majority of this bad affect.
    and i think this is very similar to what Ken Robinson said about creativity in children " they are being taught out of it ".

    - my suggestion ... in coordination between school and parents, if only we could allow our kids to discover that we actually don't know the answer to some of their questions, maybe then we'll increase the chance of them finding answers.
  • Mar 13 2012: I'm not sure it's matter of schools being better or worse, I think it's more about how we look at the education. Indirectly, how we look at the thought, ideas, process of thinking and creating. IMHO, all of these require questions. And probably it doesn't matter if they are answered or not, somewhere at the planet, at some point of time. It matters weather you know which is the right question. Do we know how to ask it? Being able to set a clear, understandable question asks for us to think, to process, analyze and synthesize and finally if we do not get the answer, we have a proper question. And with the right question, it's much more likely to find an answer. But in a class of 20 or 30 students, sadly, I don't believe professors have the chance to handle these questions. And encouraging something you can't deal with, will lead to a chaos. To conclude, I think it would be interesting to have a place where all the unanswered questions are listed. But I think it would be even more curious to teach our kids to make a list of their own questions, and seed their answers. To teach them to think.