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How To Ask Good Questions: David Stork at TEDxStanleyPark

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Published on Apr 25, 2013

Sometimes posing a good question is more important than answering a good question. Some unsolved questions—in science, philosophy, mathematics, humanities—are properly judged to be "better" than others, so we should consider how those questions arose and explore how best to guide ourselves to posing such world-class questions. This presentation explores why the act of posing good questions has been, for the most part, neglected by scholars and the general public alike and what we should do about it. There is a range of types of questions, each with optimal strategies for posing and now is the time for a call to arms for educators, researchers, technologists, and business leaders to explore the hows and whys of asking good questions.

Dr. David G. Stork is Distinguished Research Scientist and Research Director at Rambus Labs and has held faculty appointments in eight disciplines and programs: Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Statistics, Neuroscience, Psychology and Art and Art History variously at Wellesley College, Swarthmore College, Clark U., Boston U. and Stanford U. He holds at least 40 US patents and has published nearly 200 technical works including five books and three proceedings volumes. He graduated in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Maryland, College Park, and studied art history at Wellesley College. He is a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition and SPIE. He was co-creator of the PBS television documentary, "2001: HAL's Legacy," comparing the computer science visions in the 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey" with actual developments in computer science, all in the namesake year. He's lectured at universities, conferences and museums on computer image analysis of art. He is also an accomplished orchestral musician and is heard on several professional compact disks.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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