|Quest Questions Vs. the Head Nazis||
Selby Evans is Thinkerer Melville in Second Life
Can you really order your brain around?
Where would you look for answers to these questions? In a text book? In a Google search? Of course not. The best you could find there is somebody else’s answer. About somebody else’s brain.
These are examples of quest questions. Quest questions are not like the questions you have to answer to show other people what you know. They are questions that your brain can use to find things that it wants to know.
Here are some well-known kinds quest questions:
Quest questions lead to self-managed learning. If somebody gives you a riddle, you do not try call up the Head Nazis to order you brain to solve it. And if you do solve the riddle, you will not have to memorize the solution. You will just remember it.
You learn more from the question than you do from the answer.
Now try another quest question. Does anyone use quest questions instead of studying? From the outside, using quest questions looks just like studying. But if they work the same as with that riddle, quest questions will be easier than studying. Would that be worth knowing about?
Maybe you just thought of a problem starting with “How do I… find out whether a person is using quest questions for studying?” That would be another quest question, wouldn’t it?
Head Nazis are mythical characters used to express the notion that people can best improve themselves by learning mental self-discipline.
Quest questions send you on a search through your brain as well as through references. You may have to figure out where to find the answers. You may have to figure out who to ask or what resources to use. You may have to figure out how to interpret the information or how to put it together for a conclusion.
Yes, quest and question do have the same Latin root.
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