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

    Quote Originally Posted by imagep View Post
    I sorta disagree with most of the posts here.

    What most people believe to be common sense, is the consensus opinion of people who have never seriously studied the topic. It's their kneejerk reaction, nothing more and nothing less.

    So does it exist? Absolutely. Is it the best answer to an issue? For simple issues, most likely. But for issues that require serious thought and research, rarely.
    I've never heard anyone define common sense that way. To me, it's about being open minded and rational.
    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    Common sense is a term used to belittle people who disagree with you or have a different way of viewing the world. I despise the term passionately.
    Maybe it's a term that gets misused more often that it gets used properly.
    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    Haven't philosophers been arguing these things for thousands of years? There is no such thing as absolute and definitive things or philosophy would have been eliminated.
    Isn't math absolute?
    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by mpg View Post
    I've never heard anyone define common sense that way. To me, it's about being open minded and rational.
    it's the word "common" that defines it. It's common. It's the amount of sense that the average person has, not the elite.

    Being open minded and rational isn't common.
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    I see a big problem with the idea that whatever the majority wants is OK.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Earthling View Post
    Common sense is the least common of all the senses.
    No, it's the most common, that's why we call it "common". It's simply peoples kneejerk reaction to something that they have never seriously studied.
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    I see a big problem with the idea that whatever the majority wants is OK.

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

    Some days I wonder...

    Seriously though, I believe common sense is nothing more than the ability through observation to correlate causality.

    Some people are phenomenal at it others....eh, not so much...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ChezC3 View Post
    Some days I wonder...

    Seriously though, I believe common sense is nothing more than the ability through observation to correlate causality.

    Some people are phenomenal at it others....eh, not so much...
    I think this is probably the best answer so far.
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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Quote Originally Posted by imagep View Post
    it's the word "common" that defines it. It's common. It's the amount of sense that the average person has, not the elite.

    Being open minded and rational isn't common.
    Is it impossible for common sense to be uncommon? Maybe it was poorly named. Common knowledge isn't common either. Common sense is quite rare.
    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    Very enlightening response. Not sure why you wasted both our time with that one. Care to expound? I'm fine if you don't by the way. No disrespect intended, I just don't care that much at this time.
    I actually don't care that much either... but as one that works in the education field I find his comment incorrect. That is not how things work...
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    Re: Is there even such a thing as "common sense"?

    Quote Originally Posted by mpg View Post
    Is it impossible for common sense to be uncommon? Maybe it was poorly named. Common knowledge isn't common either. Common sense is quite rare.
    Have you ever met anyone who believes that they don't have common sense? It's as common as people are.

    I believe that most people misinterpret the meaning of the phrase. It's common, just like it says, and it's not necessarily an informed opinion and doesn't necessarily involve rational thought or logic - most of the time it's an emotional response. We don't want to admit that common sense it's rational thought because if we did that, then we would be admitting that we don't think rationally.
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    ...I'm not interested in debating someone who is trolling for an argument....
    Quote Originally Posted by Papa bull View Post
    I see a big problem with the idea that whatever the majority wants is OK.

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