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“Is the unexamined life not worth living?”
“Is that an example of Socratic Irony?”
What is the Socratic Method? Could this possibly be a question that people have pondered over for many years? Have you been told that it is the art of pretending to be Socrates? How many people over the eons have asked these questions? Would you believe me if I told you that thousands of people have asked these questions over the eons? If I were to inform you that the Socratic Method can be used to confuse, annoy, and inform large amounts of people, would you be willing to use it on a large audience of people?
Is this the history of the Socratic Method?
Would you mind if I went on to tell you that the Socratic Method was actually invented by a Spanish man named "Jorge Elmondo" and not Socrates? Did you know that the Socratic Method was invented in 1935? How about if I mentioned, in my calm manner, that the Socratic Method was a very large craze amongst the youth in the mid 1940s? What if Hitler used the Socratic Method to kill Jews? Would you be surprised?
Do I hear you asking why the Socratic Method was popular in the 1940s? Could it possibly have been popular in the 1940s because of World War II and the boredom which it induced over Europe and North America? Might the avid and regular indulgence in the Socratic Method have fizzled out and died after World War II? How about if it has recently increased in popularity?
How can I perform this method?
Have you tried questions into infinity? Are you capable of playing the question game? How much time do you have to find out? Are you trying rhetorical questions? Have you thought of repeating questions? Were you to find that your questions had no meaning, would you resort to religious, philosophical, or other types of useless drivel? Have you tried repeating the same old questions in a different way? Are you getting annoyed, confused, and informed yet?
Are there different forms of the Socratic Method?
- 1. What about Pure Socraticism?
- Is this the original form of the Socratic Method, in which people simply ask each other questions in order to inform, annoy, or confuse?
- 2. Is there a Complex Socraticism?
- Could this be just like Pure Socraticism, but with restrictions upon the style of questions which can be asked?
- 3. Can I try Fun Socraticism?
- Would this be Socraticism as performed by youths for amusement?
Can I interest you in any of the following?
- How about a heaping helping of the answer to the great question of life, the universe, and everything?
- Could it be that you were expecting something completely different?
- Well, if you don't like that, what about life's unanswerable questions?
- You've read "Ultimate Question", right?
- Have you known the origin of this method yet?
- "Why? Why? Oh Why?" Why, isn't that the question you've always wanted to know the answer to?
- Does the answer really matter? If not, then what does?