We have all been told the cliché at some point in our lives that “there are no stupid questions,” but, as Kepler showed, there are wrong ones. It was nonsensical for Kepler to ask why there are six planets, because we now know that there are, in fact, more than six planets. The brilliant answer Kepler came up with was wholly off base because the question he asked to begin the inquiry was the wrong question to be asking in the first place.
Such misconception isn’t limited to history. Even in the modern era, very smart people are unable to ask the right questions, and as a result, leads the debate astray. In my profession, there are those who are unable to distinguish the “should” from the “could”, even though lawyers, more than any others, should understand the difference.