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What are the Top Ten Questions Right Now?

Einstein once said that if you gave him an hour to solve a problem, and his life depended on getting the right answer, he would spend 55 minutes figuring out what questions to ask. "For if I knew the proper questions," he said, "I could solve the problem in less than 5 minutes."

Conversation Week 2008, a global dialogue initiative sponsored by WC allies Conversation Cafe and Global MindShift, is seeking your help to come up with the 10 "most important questions in the world right now." You can weigh in until February 27 by taking their survey, which asks you to rate 50 questions they gleaned from more than online 600 submissions. The top 10 list will be announced March 1, and will be used as conversation starters by people hosting dialogues all around the globe during the week of March 24-30, and in online groups.

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"What can we do to reduce or eliminate violence in the world?"
"What kind of leadership does the world need now?" (the answer, by the way, is ANY)
"The more I learn, the more I find out that everything I advocate has at least an equal downside. How can we do what's right?"
"What do you hold so dear that you would give your life to it?"
"Given how often marriages don't work, what will make marriages work - and worth holding onto - in the future?"

It looks to me that somebody needs to spend additional 54 minutes figuring out what are the questions we really need to ask ourselves - not to feel good for a minute or two, but to actually get some things done. From a pragmatic point of view those seem primitive, banal, often misguided, and in effect worthless. Needless to add, quite disappointing...


Posted by: Anonymous on 18 Feb 08

It's always nice to quote Einstein. Makes whatever comes after seem incontestable. But do you have a source for that quote. I don't find one.


Posted by: Clarence Bronson on 18 Feb 08

"If I had an hour to solve a problem, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes."

Although I have no knowledge of its authenticity, the quote is often attributed to Einstein.


Posted by: Anonymous on 18 Feb 08

Why are there too many truths?
Are there too many truths?
What distinguishes between what we know and what we assume we know and how do we know that?
What is the unit of knowing? Is it a person? If so, how does one determine if two minds are perceiving the same thing?
I am getting confused.


Posted by: Stephen C. Rose on 19 Feb 08

How do they plant seedless grapes?


Posted by: Doc on 19 Feb 08

Another relevant quote: if love is the answer, then what is the question?


Posted by: pat may on 19 Feb 08

I also don't think that their questions are very good.

1) How can we understand each others perspectives when different people can pick their own sources information based on their own political perspective and the traditional neutral newsmedia loses it's ability to influence the perception of the reality of more and more people?
2) How can the massive influence of small groups who use self replicating technology be controlled both in the biological sector and in the cyberspace?
3) How should we weigh the balance between simplicity and complexity, when we share ideas in the public sphere?
4) What is the best way to reduce the effect of the lobbying of corporate interests, how can ideas that don't have the money behind them succeed in a capitalist market of ideas?
5) How do we develop communities that can speak with an united voice on public issues?


Posted by: Christian Kleineidam on 20 Feb 08

It's interesting to see how questions have inspired not only cause-related initiatives (Dropping Knowledge has to be named here), but also had an impact on corporate branding (remember those computer people?)


Posted by: Anna on 22 Feb 08

we are human,so please define humain, and why then is there any problems with humanity?


Posted by: tim on 2 Mar 08



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