“Do sausage dogs have knees?”
“How much is a zillion?”
“What do Asian keyboards look like if they don’t use English letters?”
We’ve had a generation of googling answers without taking the time to think about the question.
And while Google is often handy, in the course of our social conversations it can take something away.
It’s kind of fun trying to figure out the answer.
What’s more, it’s good for conversation. Ideas & potential answers get thrown around. There is an energy brewing.
In the process, we get a glimpse at how our friends think. And this is part of discovering them. In the end, the answer itself is almost irrelevant.
What’s more, it’s an excuse to use our own brains.
By exercising our brains to think creatively, we build up our intelligence. This is true even if we get the answer wrong.
The alternative is to become useless & unthinking.
Often the best way to think is to think out loud with a friend. Sometimes our thoughts can be muddled & scattered. By thinking out loud with a friend, you naturally solidify those thoughts and articulate them.
Again, you might be wrong. But by discussing, you filter out the vagaries of your thoughts.
Next time an odd question comes up, put your phone down and have a go at discussing the answer. You can always google later on to test if your theory is right.
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