Chapter 12

The Socratic Method

Creativity begins with an awakening perplexity—not just the unencumbering of the conceit of knowledge but a productive state: the first stirring of creative thought.

HUGH BENSON, ESSAYS ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF SOCRATES

We are a rebellious lot. The vast majority of us don’t take kindly to anyone telling us what they think we should change. This approach is more likely to generate a belligerent, “Oh yeah, who made you king for a day?” rather than the desired, “Thank you, wise one, tell me more.” It is human nature. We value our own discoveries more than the discoveries of others. When group members persist in escaping the hard work of dialogue, directly pointing it out cheats them of the opportunity to see it for themselves—not ...

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