“There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question”.
“That [i.e. philosophy] can really mess you up.
I agree [that there is too much question asking in philosophy].
My concern there is that the philosopher believes they are really asking deep questions about nature. To the scientist it’s ‘what are you doing? Why are you wasting your time?’. Why do you concern yourself with the meaning of meaning?
If you are distracted by your questions you cannot move forward. You are not being a productive contributor to our understanding of the natural world. So the scientist knows when the question […] is a pointless delay in your progress.
It devolves into a discussion about the definitions of words and I’d rather keep the conversation about ideas. When you do that you don’t derail yourself on questions that you think are important because philosophy class tells you this but the scientist says ‘look, I’ve got this world of unknown out there I’m moving on and I’m leaving you behind and you can’t even cross the street because you`re distracted by what you are sure are deep questions you have asked of yourself and I don’t have time for that.’
You need people to laugh at your ridiculous questions.”