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Common Sense Is Neither Common nor Sense

If common sense was common, then most people wouldn't make the kinds of decisions they do every day. People wouldn't buy stuff they can't afford. They wouldn't smoke cigarettes or eat junk food. They wouldn't gamble. In other words, people wouldn't do the multitude of things that are clearly not good for them. Read More

Unlikely education will fix it...

... your article assumes too much. Neurological science has discovered most reasoning processes are beyond the persons awareness. That means you can try to pound reason into human beings but their mental hardware and unconscious processes will still end up having them reason incorrectly. We have to start taking genetics and heritability of intelligence seriously, you can't teach a retarded child to "think more scientifically" same goes for dumb students. Human beings are limited to their genetic endowment. As long as those with low genetic endowment exist, the sillyness of the world will persist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYmi0DLzBdQ

Unlikely education

Adolf Hitler also thought this way

Do not bring in rational or

Do not bring in rational or logical decisions. For common sense we mean in a common occuringsituation how would one reactor take decision. A simple decision is always based on common sense.
Tworesourses-
Common sense and 24hours have been given equal to all normal persons.

Dear author, your argument

Dear author,

your argument in the first part of the article is very weak. When analyzing concept it is always useful to look at etymology of the word, and in case of 'common sense' it states: originally the power of uniting mentally the impressions conveyed by the five physical senses, thus "ordinary understanding, without which one is foolish or insane".

Furthermore, you pass your value judgments on things people do, and ***assume you know*** what is (or should be) common sense behavior in such situations.

But lets use definition you cited: "sound judgment derived from experience rather than study".

For example, you say this definition tells us people shouldn't eat junk food. But is it so? Is it our personal experience which tells us junk food is bad, or some studies done by 'experts'? BTW, I do not eat junk food, but I do not relate that decision to common sense but to knowledge I have on the subject.

I think you make many leaps in reasoning in your article.

I recommend reading this article: http://www.explore-ideas.com/story.php?i=3353&f=1247.7.1260

Dear author, your argument

Dear author,

your argument in the first part of the article is very weak. When analyzing concept it is always useful to look at etymology of the word, and in case of 'common sense' it states: originally the power of uniting mentally the impressions conveyed by the five physical senses, thus "ordinary understanding, without which one is foolish or insane".

Furthermore, you pass your value judgments on things people do, and ***assume you know*** what is (or should be) common sense behavior in such situations.

But lets use definition you cited: "sound judgment derived from experience rather than study".

For example, you say this definition tells us people shouldn't eat junk food. But is it so? Is it our personal experience which tells us junk food is bad, or some studies done by 'experts'? BTW, I do not eat junk food, but I do not relate that decision to common sense but to knowledge I have on the subject.

I think you make many leaps in reasoning in your article.

I recommend reading this article: http://www.explore-ideas.com/story.php?i=3353&f=1247.7.1260

sorry for double posting

sorry for double posting (page is not showing when submission is successful), please delete duplicates.

"Common sense" as an argument

What good does it serve?

To some, it's "common sense" that the world is flat, that the sun revolves around the Earth, or that there is a magical unicorn living on mars.

"Common" suggests nothing useful. The fact that something is commonly believed doesn't make it right.

Logic and actual reason is a much better (in my opinion) thing to use than this so-called "common sense."

common sense

Common sense tells me that psychology is nothing more than a word used to describe a way to make a lot of money. Would you be in the field of psychology if it weren't for the money? It's so sad that the world today, and it's thinking, has stooped to a dollar figure for everything that we do. Common sense would tell you that, psychology would not.

Yikes

Your article seemed very poorly reasoned to me. It started off okay, but quickly lost all credibility with me because you gave no evidence for your claims. And you made some strong claims.
Honestly, the end was so disjointed and poorly written, I began to question whether this was actually written by a professor with a Ph.D.

agreed

if I grew up in a jungle in almost solitude in one life, and grew up in Hollywood in another, would I have the same common sense? or would I be a fish out of water crossing from one life to another?

is how to act socially common sense?

is 2 x 1 = 2 common sense?

is seeing a slow moving river and assuming it may be filled with a deadly bacteria common sense?

is it common sense that too much sugar will rot your teeth?

does your common sense tell you that if somethings tastes bad, it must be unhealthy for you to eat? (hopefully your parents taught you to eat your veggies)

are vitamins common sense? I'm not talking bout 'vitamin pills'

is putting a 'key' in the ignition of a car and turning it, common sense?

is the fact that there is, or isn't a god common sense?

does common sense tell a baby that swallowing that small object may not fit down it's throat?

does common sense tell a baby that a lion may eat you, but a human will not?

the way I see it, these are all LEARNED things, whether we learn them ourselves or we are taught by experiences of generations past. the fact is, not all of us (human beings) throughout the world will learn the same things, and we all have different learned experiences.

something should be said that the more closer people are (physical location), usually the more common experiences they will share. however, the more you step out of your bubble world, the more you will see people are different, and don't share all the experiences as yourself.

we all have a nervous system which protects us from dangers. if we touch something hot we cannot help but pull away, or looking at the sun causes your eyes to blink/close. loud sounds like a roaring lion or someone yelling at us activates our ANS as well. this is not 'common sense', it's simply our senses at work. No one wants to argue against the fact that we have 5 basic senses; that we do feel hot things, we can see with our eyes, and hear with our ears. It's the idea that there's some 'common sense' or 'inherit knowledge' we're born with that will always save us from ourselves that is quite obviously wrong. We need to be smarter than that. I'll take a couple of scientist's experience and rigorous training over some redneck's common sense to solve some of the complicated issues that we face today.

all that being said, I still use the term myself from time to time when I have no better argument to convince someone else of something I believe to be true. =)

plus we cant all have encyclopedia brains. we HAVE to go with whatever knowledge we currently have sometimes.. that's just the way it is.

just because you CAN come to SOME conclusion on something... doesn't make it a good fuckin' idea

Common sense

I like the article and comments.

It is considered common sense for a person to understand the meaning of the words 'common sense' as used in the English language. A circular logic.

Language is a tool of simplification. Logic and maths are also languages. Reality can ever only ever be approximately described using any language imo.

I like "agreed's"

I like "agreed's" comment.

Common sense is a learned sense but also implies that it is a good sense. So, we can be said to have common sense of situations that are familiar to us.

However, we must often apply common sense to new situations and expect that we should have acted accordingly with this learned sense. Another problem is that good/common sense is typically assessed after judgment has been rendered.

I think this is why we defer to experts but also understand if they get it wrong. That is, the answer becomes obvious only after the situation occurs repeatedly and in a predictable manner, which isn't realistic for many complex problems.

common nonsence

common sense is knowing that no one else has common sense

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Jim Taylor, Ph.D., teaches at the University of San Francisco.

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