Steve Jobs advices

I would trade all of my technology
for an afternoon with Socrates.

Steve Jobs



Socrates teachings

I know you won't believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.




Your Critical Thinking Skills

Six Types of Socratic Questions


The taxonomy of Socratic questions was created by Richard Paul, author of

Critical Thinking: How to Prepare Students for a Rapidly Changing World


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Types of Questions

Sample Questions



What do you mean by ____?

Could you put that another way?

Can you give me an example?


Probing Assumptions

What are you assuming?

How did you choose those assumptions?

What could we assume instead?


Probing Reasons and Evidence

How do you know?

Why do you think that is true?

What would change your mind?


Viewpoint and Perspectives

What are you implying by that?

What effect would that have?

What is an alternative?


Probing Implications and Consequences

How can we find out?

Why is this issue important?

What generalizations can you make?


Questions about Questions

What does that mean?

What was the point of this question?

Why do you think I asked this question?






Areas of Application

In the new era of rapid change, you must constantly expand your horizons beyond simple gathering information and relying on the basic principles.




Socrates teachings

We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.




In business, Socratic method and Socratic questions are often used by lawyers, engineers, innovators, etc. For instance, when used by lawyers, the Socratic questioning involves asking a series of questions surrounding a central issue, and answering questions of the others involved. The idea is to expose the opponents contradictions in such a way that proves the inquirer's own point.





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