Recipe for answering questions and enjoy life

Recipe Answering Questions


Today, my friends, I would like to give you the recipe I use to answer your questions. Feel free to use it as you please.

When you ask about a topic that is well researched, it’s easy. I check the relevant literature, weight arguments, come up with a conclusion and answer you.

On the other hand, when your question is about a subject-matter not so extensively studied, I have to think more carefully. Your question may be difficult to answer for different reasons. Maybe it depends too much on definitions that are unclear. Perhaps, a plausible answer builds upon how we measure evidence. Sometimes, your question is too broad.

Whenever I face questions like those, I stick to my home-made recipe, the one I give you here, one inspired to me by the great masters.

Composing my answer, I have to be overly prudent, for disagreement and controversy befall so readily—the nemesis of the writer sitting on my shoulder—no matter which words one chooses, someone can and will misinterpret them.

Finally, allow me to remind you, we do not always have bullet-proof explanations to everything, in which case suspending judgement seems to me the wisest approach.

Then again, we don’t need to have all answers in order to be able to contemplate life with wonder and to enjoy it fully.



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Autor: Roger Abrantes

Born in Portugal, a citizen of the World. Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, B.A. in Philosophy. Speaks seven languages. Present work: lecturing on Ethology and sailing and diving in Thailand (marine biology environmental management).