Theory of the Question

Ask a question. The response will depend upon who you are, who you ask, the circumstances, the form of the quesion– spoken, written….
the theory of the human, and the respondents theory of you–
what level of questioner are you? How much effort do they need to give to their answer. What will they gain.
How you answer on a first date, a job interview, an FBI interrogation, your chemistry quiz — all answers are based upon your assumption of an intent, and the reaction you need from the questioner.

“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.”
– Anais Nin

Asking The Net

On the net, most answer to be included. Most answers are opinion, since most questions are based upon a vague or open ended topic. On a tech focused yahoo group I passed a question along.. since this group of 500+ listeners includes many former practitioners of dye transfer, I expected some open response. I did get response, but it fell into a very conventional cycle — answers without expanding understanding… The group consists mostly of hangers on, passive observers — the typical onlooker grouping. They will be happy with gossip. One site provides them talk that they will use on some other place.

net words

fools believe their knowledge complete.. assume that others aren’t as aware, don’t have as much knowledge as they have.
only fools have complete knowledge; or enough

Your Boundary

You bring your own boundary with you. Your limits limit your answer, often by providing a narrow interpretation of the question — frequently this is a view of the questioner.

Who Is The Qustioner

Is the question credible. With any “who’ there is power .. a relationship to an audience. The respondent must support their own self concept, somethimes by rejecting the question, since they don’t understand the qustioner, or respect them

Response Sequence


Ra.1 Jack Denman : what I know about it …
Rb.1 Andrew Cross : from what Frank M … ’98
Rc.1 Ctein : personally I think that’s a pretty silly hypothesis.
— he counters each of the prior posters questions and each answer.
This asserts his primacy of place, his experience as alpha. And completely misunderstands the question, the recent history, and of any understanding I may have. Aside: no one noticed that I had taught a recent class, perhaps, the only class in this decade, maybe this century about dye transfer.
Ra.2 Jack Denman : don’t want to quibble, (answered later parts of Ctein)
about: Ra — no experience. retired tech user. not a user of DT
Rb. — workshop trained. engineer, teacher. user of DT
Rc. — self taught. educated non-practicing physicist. writer. individual proprietor of photo services. widely known, yet unable to excel or grow a lab business