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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BmanMcfly View Post
    Except school is not there to teach you how to think, they are there to teach you what to think, and to train you to be a good employee.
    Sadly, it is a difference between schools of today and schools of my time.

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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Common sense is knowledge acquired by senses that are in turn shared by all healthy humans.
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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Many of the people that I've known in my life that claim to have a lot of common sense, didn't graduate High School. They like to assume that what they know about living life is a good substitute for an education.

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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BmanMcfly View Post
    Except school is not there to teach you how to think, they are there to teach you what to think, and to train you to be a good employee.

    Spoken by someone who has no idea at all what schools are mandated to teach in the 21st. century.
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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    In Jarrod Diamond's Guns Germs and Steel, he made a connection between intelligence,
    and how close someone lives to a dangerous environment.
    I think this had more to do with the not so intelligent people getting weeded out early.
    He implied modern civilization, did not improve intelligence, as our structured society
    allowed the not so intelligent to not only survive, but propagate.

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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    In Jarrod Diamond's Guns Germs and Steel, he made a connection between intelligence,
    and how close someone lives to a dangerous environment.
    I think this had more to do with the not so intelligent people getting weeded out early.
    He implied modern civilization, did not improve intelligence, as our structured society
    allowed the not so intelligent to not only survive, but propagate.
    and started us on the road to.... Idiocracy?
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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Sure...it even has a political leader...


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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Sure...it even has a political leader...



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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    Common sense requires critical thought. Something that is no longer taught in our schools. I wonder why? Maybe because the powers that be would prefer a populous that lacks the ability to perform critical thought or analysis?

    When I was in school (college) one the courses I enjoyed the most was a course called "Critical Thinking." Every citizen of the US should be required to take such a course, as well as a course in Civics - another course that is no longer taught in public schools (and that makes me wonder why as well). In the military, we were also taught critical thinking skills. Part of that course was focused on checking, determining and defining our SA (situational awareness). Something that is sorely needed by the civilian population as well.

    On the other hand, there is something I call "Country Boy Common Sense." That, too, is learned. It is gained by growing up on a farm where you have to learn how to do so much for so long with so little, that you are then qualified to anything with nothing. In other words, you learn to make things work to fit the need and make do. You learn to question everything and never take no for an answer or to give up because it's just too damned hard. You learn to... think.

    Thinking is a taught skill, not an innate talent.
    Well said, sir.

    My (very) short version to the way things are taught in school these days is:

    They teach what to think, now how to think.
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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    One would think so, but as I interact and observe more and more, the less I think it exists at all. Even the simplest things no one can agree on. So, what's 'common' about anything?

    No. The older I get the more I think "common sense" is merely something we want to believe in.
    There isn't such a thing as "common sense" in the way that most people think of it as. The reason being is simple. "common sense" is subjective. Since there is not one person in the world that thinks exactly the same everybody's "common sense" will be different.
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