Category On Curiosity

CEO Mike Shannon at the ASU GSV Summit

“We are reversing education’s fast-answer epidemic, reviving the life skill of asking great questions by awakening and fueling lifelong curiosity, no matter the scale.”

Listen to our co-founder and CEO Mike Shannon discuss the mission of Packback at the ASU/GSV conference.

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Video of Packback Questions

Packback Questions is a smart discussion platform that exists to awaken and fuel the lifelong curiosity in every student. Learn how Packback helps professors increase curiosity, engagement and critical thinking in students.

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Chuck Klosterman and Questioning the Unquestionable

Curiosity often starts with a question.

From the youngest age, children ask, “Why?”, and throughout adulthood, people wonder, “Am I on the right path?” or “How can I make a bigger impact on my community, or the world?”

However, what happens when one asks a big question, perhaps the biggest: “What if we’re wrong?”

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Socrates and the pursuit of living an examined life

The Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David

The unexamined life is not worth living.

-Socrates

Despite the incredible impact Socrates has had on society and education for thousands of years, he left behind few writings of his own. Instead, he lived his work; engaging in conversations with students, academics, politicians and citizens on a relentless search for the ultimate ‘truth’. His teachings are now known as the Socratic method; engaging in constant question-asking in every conversation until a contradiction is revealed, or the question cannot be answered.

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Mark Zuckerburg’s process for overcoming inexperience through continuous lifelong learning

Photo by Jason McELweenie

The real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time. I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.

-Mark Zuckerberg

We all know the story of Mark Zuckerberg and the “overnight” success of Facebook. His story has become a trope of the entire startup world. We all collectively picture a “startup founder” as a hoodie wearing, young, driven-to-the-point-of-insanity, college-aged computer hacker…basically Mark himself.

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