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Is there such a thing as a stupid question?

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2010-01-13 03:23:03

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Regarding the supposition that a question can be stupid: we often

hear the statement that a "question is stupid." Literally speaking,

a question can be neither stupid nor intelligent; It is only the

questioner who can possess the attributes of stupidity or

intelligence.

More from our Wiki Contributors:

  • If you perceive it to be silly or stupid, then yes, it is,

    however, if the person asking the question genuinely does not know

    the answer than no, it is not silly to ask that question.

  • Yes there is a such thing. If you ask a question that you could

    have answered yourself just by thinking about what you just said,

    that's pretty silly. For example, my pharmacy has a phone answering

    system that says "Thank you for calling your local 24-hour

    pharmacy" and I constantly get people saying "What time do you

    close?" - that's a silly question.

  • A question about something you do not understand, or that you'd

    like more information about isn't silly, even if you think everyone

    except you must know the answer - in class, if one person asks a

    question, then there are at least another five or six people who

    wanted to ask, but were too shy. Asking a question when you can

    easily find the answer by looking in your book or on a search

    engine like google or dogpile might be lazy, but it isn't

    stupid.

  • In some cases a question can be considered a stupid question!

    If you are just starting to learn about something...then there are

    lots of questions to be asked...because you have never learned

    about the subject! Those questions are generally not considered

    stupid.

However...sometimes people try to ask questions that they know

are stupid, or silly. The reason for this is simple. They are

trying to either

  1. fit into a group
  2. make people laugh
  3. seem cool
  4. look cute
  5. impress someone


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