Dumb Questions seeks to ask questions about the world around us. The older I've gotten, the more afraid I've become to ask questions because I don't want people to think that I'm stupid or ignorant. I've noticed the same thing in the kids that I teach. Young children often have no qualms about raising their hands and asking questions or giving hypotheses, regardless of whether or not they know if their answers are correct. As adults, and particularly millennials, we often stop asking questions--even great questions--because we don't want to appear stupid or unknowledgeable to our peers. Even though the phrase, "There's no such thing as a stupid question," is prominent and has a long history, the fear of asking questions is pervasive.
Dumb Questions began as a series of one-on-one performances where I talked to experts about topics in their field. Now, Dumb Questions is crowd sourced and people are able to both ask and answer questions through the Dumb Questions Tumblr and OurDumbQuestions.com. Dumb Questions recognizes that all of us have knowledge gaps. Some of these questions might be eye-roll questions for experts in that area, but for those outside that area of expertise, those might be legitimate and sincere questions to ask. While there are many kinds of wonderful questions, Dumb Questions specifically promotes questions that go beyond simple yes or no answers--questions that ask "why?", "how?", and "what if?".