Why “Why?” is Our Most Fundamental Question

Jim Mason
2 min readMar 17, 2023

And what that tells us about ourselves and other thinking beings

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We humans have an unusual ability to ask ourselves and others the causes and reasons for things and events that we experience. “Why is the sky blue?” is a familiar example of a question that a child may ask a parent. An answer — whether “God made it that way” or “I don’t really know” or “Because the atmosphere reflects and…

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Jim Mason

I study language, cognition, and humans as social animals. You can support me by joining Medium at https://jmason37-80878.medium.com/membership