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  • It is extremely important to the exclusion of other methods

    2 10.53%
  • It is very valuable and more important than other methods

    8 42.11%
  • It is no more valuable than other methods of data synthesis (such as science)

    5 26.32%
  • It is less valuable than other methods

    3 15.79%
  • It is of little to no value

    1 5.26%
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    How valuable is common sense

    I question its value because it tends to rely on assumptions and personal observations vs what I consider to be more objective forms of data gathering and synthesis, such as science. What is your opinion?
    Last edited by tacomancer; 06-23-10 at 03:13 PM.

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    Re: How valuable is common sense

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I question its value because it tends to rely on assumptions. What is your opinion?
    It depends on what you consider common sense to be.

    If it is verified by a factual historical basis, yes it is valuable.
    If it is a common misconception, then no it isn't.
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    Re: How valuable is common sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    It depends on what you consider common sense to be.

    If it is verified by a factual historical basis, yes it is valuable.
    If it is a common misconception, then no it isn't.
    I believe both are often considered to be within the domain of common sense.

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    Re: How valuable is common sense

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I believe both are often considered to be within the domain of common sense.
    I try to run all my "common sense" through the "is it provable" system before I accept it.
    That has changed my beliefs a lot.
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    Re: How valuable is common sense

    Common sense , to me, says that a man should know the difference between clockwise and counter-clockwise.
    He should also know not to be judgmental, as this is counter productive.
    For a politician, a man should know when to think and when to speak....but not all politicians have this "gift".
    In truth, one man's common sense is NOT necessarily another's....
    Last edited by earthworm; 06-23-10 at 03:21 PM. Reason: to me

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    Re: How valuable is common sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I try to run all my "common sense" through the "is it provable" system before I accept it.
    That has changed my beliefs a lot.
    Thats a good approach. I try to do so as well.

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    Re: How valuable is common sense

    Common sense needs to be accompanied by all the factual information and in some cases scientific data. No one can truly implement common sense without all the facts.

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    Re: How valuable is common sense

    Common sense is what founded this country. When discussing societal issues, it is extremely important. When discussing scientific issues, is is the benchmark for critical questioning. The poll questions are flawed because they don't make this distinction.
    Last edited by Southern Man; 06-23-10 at 04:49 PM.

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    Re: How valuable is common sense

    It depends on if we're discussing hard science (like biology or astronomy) or soft sciences (like politics or psychology). With hard science, common sense is irrelevant -- the earth is round no matter how much common sense might tell you it's flat. However, when dealing with people -- who are not predictable and subject to experimentation with consistent results -- common sense can be a lot more useful.

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    Re: How valuable is common sense

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I question its value because it tends to rely on assumptions and personal observations vs what I consider to be more objective forms of data gathering and synthesis, such as science. What is your opinion?
    Both methods should be applied. If common sense is not applied, then the exceptions to the rules are not taken into consideration.

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