It is extremely important to the exclusion of other methods
It is very valuable and more important than other methods
It is no more valuable than other methods of data synthesis (such as science)
It is less valuable than other methods
It is of little to no value
Main Entry: 1sev·er·al
Pronunciation: \ˈsev-rəl, ˈse-və-\
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ separate, back-formation from separare to separate
Date: 15th century
1 a : separate or distinct from one another <federal union of the several states> b (1) : individually owned or controlled : exclusive <a several fishery> — compare common (2) : of or relating separately to each individual involved <a several judgment> c : being separate and distinctive : respective <specialists in their several fields>
2 a : more than one <several pleas> b : more than two but fewer than many <moved several inches> c chiefly dialect : being a great manySeveral could mean most, but it could also be fewer than most. So, I disagree that it does not affect the strength of the argument as several is less precise a number and could mean anything, really.Main Entry: 1most
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English mę̄st; akin to Old High German meist most, Old English māra more — more at more
Date: before 12th century
1 : greatest in quantity, extent, or degree <the most ability>
2 : the majority of <most people>
However, I will happily accept your backtracking as you admitting that you were wrong.
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I prefer good judgement, but would accept common sense as long as it doens't include blindly accepting common belief...
Oracle of Utah
Truth rings hollow in empty heads.
Logic and common sense, however, sometimes are quite related - and maybe even dependent on each other. If you are without common-sense, your logic suffers. If you are without logic, your common sense suffers.
Like: Yesterday I told my son the other day to get some lunch meat from the fridge so I could lure a dog out from under the deck. An adult - or other child (like my daughter) would have looked for the lunch meat and, if there was none, would have considered dog-edible suitable options: hot-dog, cheese. . .
My son, because of his underdeveloped common sense due to their developmental disorder, brought me a frozen package of bologna from the freezer instead of something I could actually feed to the dog. he didn't see lunch meat in the fridge, so naturally, the freezer seemed to be the next best choice.
Logic, without common sense, is vapid
My oldest son has a more extreme issue when it comes to his lack. He, also, functions without common sense - but is very heavy on logic. Thus, his actions are to the extreme opposite of his brother's - purely lacking common sense but still functioning within a logical reason.
If I asked him to bring me lunch meat from the fridge, if he didn't see it, he would have brought me something akin to it - his reasoning is: "I see no lunch meat, I do see meat, I do see lunch condiments." Since the dogs don't eat a "lunch" the only logical conclusion to him would have been to get something related to "human lunch." So bread, mayonnaise or jelly would have been his likely choice.
It really depends on who you're talking about, the situation they're in, and if they have a fully developed 'common sense' 'logic' or a balance of both.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
Common sense is needed to interpret the data that science and logic provide.
I see common sense a little differently than some, perhaps, as I view it a bit in terms of being that innate barometer people possess to one degree or another that allows them to sort through b.s. in order to find the truth of the matter.
The parable of the emperors new clothes is an illustration of common sense.
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos
Overall though, the people on this forum are quite capable of posting their thoughts about the matter if they wish to do so and are quite able to provide their own take, even if it has little to do with mine. I do not think they need you to be their champion. But as I posted in the last paragraph, if you feel good doing it, go ahead.
It was apparently not entirely in step with the Wikipedia definition.
But that brings up an interesting thought.
Perhaps what many people consider "common sense" is not actually such, or perhaps what Wikipedia defines as "common sense" is something else entirely?
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller