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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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    and started us on the road to.... Idiocracy?
    Jared Diamond did not make any argument that comes close to that.

    His thesis was that the success or failure of various civilizations was most directly related to geography
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    the vast majority of folks that need healthcare are on Medicare.. both rich and poor..

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

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Jared Diamond did not make any argument that comes close to that.

    His thesis was that the success or failure of various civilizations was most directly related to geography
    He was talking about how the primitive New Guinea people were quite a bit more intelligent
    than the average westerner, and speculated that basically the dumb died quick.

    Intelligent people are likelier than less intelligent ones to escape those causes of high mortality (murder, chronic tribal warfare, accidents, problems procuring food..) in traditional New Guinean societies. However, the differential mortality from epidemic diseases in traditional European societies had little to do with intelligence,
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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
    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.
    You said it even better. And, sadly, you are correct.
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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    He was talking about how the primitive New Guinea people were quite a bit more intelligent
    than the average westerner, and speculated that basically the dumb died quick.
    The sentence you quoted does not say that primitive NG people were more intelligent than the average westerner. Nor does it show that "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 radcen View Post
    Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?
    Not anymore.

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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.
    Common sense is basically accepted cultural assumptions. It will change from culture to culture

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

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    He was talking about how the primitive New Guinea people were quite a bit more intelligent
    than the average westerner, and speculated that basically the dumb died quick.
    His quote said that new guinea and old Europe had different survival selection criteria. One being intelligence and the other being disease resistance

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tacomancer View Post
    His quote said that new guinea and old Europe had different survival selection criteria. One being intelligence and the other being disease resistance
    That's not what the quote you posted said or meant.
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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    That's not what the quote you posted said or meant.
    Seems clear to me

    What's your view?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tacomancer View Post
    Seems clear to me

    What's your view?
    My view of what? The thread, or what diamond said?
    Quote Originally Posted by matchlight View Post
    Justice Thomas' opinions consistently contain precise, detailed constitutional analyses.
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    the vast majority of folks that need healthcare are on Medicare.. both rich and poor..

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