I heard today on the radio a short debate on whether a question or a supposition was being presented on a particular matter.
That’s been ringing in my head ever since.
We like to believe our questions are neutral and unbiased, but at what point does a question present a complete theory with underlying assumptions?
Here’s my take. Questions made us who were are today. To question is human nature. Suppositions carry those questions into theories and positions to hold and defend, which is another human nature… for another blog, I suppose….
supposition (ˌsʌpəˈzɪʃən) n
1. the act of supposing
2. a fact, theory, etc, that is supposed
ˌsuppoˈsitional adj ˌsuppoˈsitionally adv ˌsuppoˈsitionless adj
sup·pose (sə-pōz′) v. sup·posed, sup·pos·ing, sup·pos·es
1. To assume to be true or real for the sake of argument or explanation: Suppose we win the lottery.
a. To believe, especially on uncertain or tentative grounds: Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps.
b. To consider to be probable or likely: I suppose it will rain.
3. To imply as an antecedent condition; presuppose: “Patience must suppose pain” (Samuel Johnson).
4. To consider as a suggestion: Suppose we dine together.
To imagine; conjecture.
ques·tion (kwĕs′chən) n.
1. A sentence, phrase, or gesture that seeks information through a reply.
or point that
is under discussion
to controversy: the question of whether a new school should be built.
b. A matter of concern or difficulty; a problem: This is not a question of too little money.
3. a. A proposition brought up for consideration by an assembly.
b. The act of bringing a proposal to vote.
4. Law An issue in dispute for the resolution of a court.
5. Uncertainty; doubt: There is no question about the validity of the enterprise. Her integrity is beyond question.