Parlay questions

In questions, parlay questions tend to be self-reflective queries that seemingly can be exploited successfully to increase or otherwise transform into something of much greater value—in the sense of the famous saying that at least half, or some say the most difficult part, of solving a problem is asking the right question.

The following is a listing of noted parlay questions:

“We might not believe that love is ‘forever’, but we do say, of a glorious fling that lasted three months, ‘it didn’t work out.’ What were we supposed to be working for? Why measure the success of a relationship by how long it lasts?”
Robert Solomon (1981), Love: Emotion, Myth, Metaphor [1]

“This is the sort of irrelevant-sounding question that seems minor at first, and the mind looks for a quick answer to dismiss it. It sounds like one of those hostile, ignorant questions some fundamentalist preacher might think up. But why do the fittest survive? Why does any life survive? It's illogical. It's self-contradictory that life should survive. If life is strictly a result of the physical and chemical forces of nature then why is life opposed to these same forces in its struggle to survive? Either life is with physical nature [natural] or it's against it. If it's with nature there's nothing to survive. If it's against physical nature [unnatural] then there must be something apart from the physical and chemical forces of nature that is motivating it to be against physical nature. The second law of thermodynamics states that all energy systems ‘run down’ like a clock and never rewind themselves. But life not only ‘runs up,’ converting low energy sea-water, sunlight and air into high-energy chemicals, it keeps multiplying itself into more and better clocks that keep "running up" faster and faster. Why, for example, should a group of simple, stable compounds of carbon (C), hydrogen (H), oxygen (O), and nitrogen (N), 'struggle' for billions of years to organize themselves into a professor of chemistry? What's the motive?”
Robert Pirsig (1991), Lila: An Inquiry into Morals; see main: chemistry professor paradox [2]

1. Pirsig, Robert M. (1991). Lila: An Inquiry into Morals (chemistry professor paradox, pgs. 139-42). Random House, 2013.
2. Solomon, Robert C. (1981). Love: Emotion, Myth, & Metaphor (pg. 117). Prometheus Books, 1990.

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