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Why does the human brain want to ask questions?

Why does the human brain want to ask questions and is there any evidence of other creatures asking questions e.g chimps?
Gwynneth Brook from West Yorkshire (age 55+)


In a way all species ask questions: Bacterium “should I move this way or that way?”, Cat: “Is it worth pouncing now or should I wait and waggle my tail a few more times first?” Kestrel “Is that a mouse down there or just a leaf blowing in the wind?”. But we have language, so we alone are capable of putting our questions into words, and inventing ever more complicated questions “Who am I?”, “What is the meaning of existence?” “Why bother?”.

Sue Blackmore, Visiting Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol


What distinguishes us (humans) from other species is not our ability to make tools to help us do things we want (some monkeys do this) but our ability to make tools to make tools. I guess that involves asking questions: How can I get that apple down from that tree? Throw a stick (tool) at it? Monkey can do this so perhaps has asked a question. I can make a knife by sharpening flint and then fashion a tool with it on a long stick to reach the apple and pull it down. Humans only can do this. We have evolved so that we can’t help asking questions, hence the whole of human learning and culture.

John Kilcoyne, scientist behind Brainiac LIVE


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