85. Is Socrates to Blame?

Use of the Socratic method[39] improves critical thinking. Socrates, who lived from 469 to 399 B.C.E., employed many different types of questions as a method of developing within respondents conclusions they would otherwise not have drawn. This "method" has been a staple of the teaching profession ever since.

Raise your hand if you know who Anytus was. If you are also familiar with Meletus and Lycon, you get extra credit. These are the three guys who brought legal proceedings against Socrates. They were responsible for the death of a 71-year-old man because they viewed him as a threat. Why? Because he asked questions! These three guys had all the answers. The last thing they wanted was questions.

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