I cover an important module in my presentation on ‘Questioning Techniques’. As we know that information available today is easy accessible, cheap and many a times worthless because not questioning the information itself. There were many headlines carrying talking about unemployment rate hit and no hiring in Nov 2011 (specific to U.S.A), a man bite a dog, Kareena Kapoor kissed Shahid Kapoor, political never ending saga and others, but what are we to do about this? Why did it happen? Who was responsible? and many other questions. I have a question to think about these information – ‘‘who decides these are the best things to tell us and why?” Any news has become sensational one – from birth (cradle) to death (grave) as if we are waiting to hear all these, is it that important to us? To summarize Rakhi ka Insaaf or Big Boss (a serial in one of the TV), information is a form of not necessary or sensational and yet we’re inclined to this addiction.
It is quite unfortunate that wisdom for thinking about information has reduced over time, and asking good question about it can change it. My research guide (Dr. Shrihari, Professor at NITK, Surathkal) was seeking for the following answers – Do you have supporting data? Where was it said and why? Why did you adopt this methodology instead of another? It’s quite unfortunately that our education (conventional) system never taught the ‘Art of asking Good Questions’, as we rewarded mainly for ‘right answers’. The education system has made children handicap and not surprised to see the frustration and being directionless in personal and career life. I wish to see that we have examination for asking more questions to for a given solution. To certain degree this is implemented in some of B-Schools because the consulting roles demands this. I wouldn’t say that there is a radical change in education system, its done because role (in company or job) demands it. A distinction is needed in between ‘information’, ‘knowledge’ and ‘wisdom’ to align our energy to achieve better success. I recall asking a question to HR representative from Google at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (during their campus hiring) – ‘How authentic is Wikipedia?’ He paused for a while and said, it is written by people and can be changed if the information not found to be true. I began to understand that research and publications hardly accepts such information as valid to be quoted in reference section. May be we are confused with the technology progress with social and personal progress.
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