I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
One of the never-ending consequent questions we could ask, are a series of “Why’s,” and each answer would still leave something open for our curiosity to feed upon, even if we have answered what constitutes the very fabric of universe and built a theory that could explain everything. This is called “The Why Game” and is often used in critical situations that require minute analysis by various business models. Children ask these questions all the time, but our inquisitiveness seems to wither as we age.
It is now well established that humans have, since time immemorial, asked a multitude of questions and still seek explanations to events that are way over their practical survival concerns. This unappeasable human curiosity is really puzzling, since no other creatures on the face of our planet devote so much time and resources in pursuing explanations to various phenomenon. The famous scientist Richard Feynman once said that the prize is the pleasure of finding the thing out and that there is a kick in the discovery. Do all of us love seeking explanations for this very reason?
Developmental research has shown that our questions, since childhood, are strategically designed, to get the right kind of answers. In the case of human beings, evolution seems to have discovered that it’s cost-effective to support basic research, instead of just funding directed applications.
TEDx speaker, Michael Stevens, delves a little deeper into this in his talk and suggests that asking the kind of questions that we do, might be another way of expressing ourselves. The kind of knowledge we seek to obtain may also be another choice akin to the music we listen, the clothes we wear, our hobbies, or the way we act.
He speculates further that we also ask questions not only because learning things allows us to explore what we like, but also because uniquely on our planet, we know that other people can help. Our collective assistance to each other has greatly benefited our community as a whole and we can attribute almost all of the scientific discoveries to our inquisitiveness.
Despite of too many speculations as to why we ask questions, to have a simple answer seems to be the best possible solution, as per the Kashiwagi Solution Model. Hence, my answer to this would be:
We ask questions, because we can.