“…philosophy can be a scout. It can be an explorer – mapping out intellectual terrain for science to later move in on….” — Scott Aaronson, Quantum Computing Since Democritus
What we fail to see is that questions, especially critical questions, are the fastest route to improvement. Pat answers only slow down the progress of humanity, which has to fight to overcome the dogmas of the past in order to move ahead. Philosophical inquiry begins revolutions. See Thomas Kuhn.