Thinking is driven by asking questions. When something appears to be common sense, or is something that "goes without saying," we can see how thinking starts to break down.
That is where philosophy can step in and can help us "arrive at what is not being said," the philosopher Slavoj Žižek tells Big Think. In other words, philosophy teaches us what we need to know without knowing it.
Žižek says that questions are often posed in a way that obfuscates, mystifies or confuses a problem. An example Žižek points to is the way we translate questions of racism and sexism into the terms of tolerance. If you read the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, you will never hear about "tolerance," which is such a timid request.
"Tolerance" is just one example of conventional wisdom setting the tone for the conversation. According to Žižek that is why we need philosophy to "correct the question," and enable us "to ask the right question."
Today we're examining how to think -- the physics, the process, the search for meaning beyond ourselves.