Talk:Common sense

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Einstein quote[edit]

I've seen that sentence about prejudices also attributed to Mark Twain.--Кřěĵ (ṫåɬк) 14:52, 25 November 2013 (UTC)


Some content from FuzzyCatPotato!™ (talk/stalk) 03:32, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

What kind of "common"?[edit]

Common can mean "occurring, found, or done often; prevalent"; "of a sort or level to be generally expected" (e.g., common courtesy); or "showing a lack of taste and refinement; vulgar" (e.g., a common whore).

I think there's some overlap here, because what's abundant tends to be of lesser value in the marketplace, due to the laws of supply and demand. If someone goes to a lot of trouble to obtain something rare (like a diamond), it's probably because it's of superior quality to the cheaper alternative. For example, book sense requires more work to obtain than common sense, so in order for it to be worth the effort, it must have some advantage over common sense.

Which is the kind of "common" meant here? L's Ideology (talk) 14:15, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Use your common sense. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 18:29, 29 January 2017 (UTC)
Which basically means I should try to think of what the majority would say, and go with that, right? I can't just use my intuition to figure it out; I'm an S, not an N! L's Ideology (talk) 19:05, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Intuition works only within human size or measurement[edit]

I think in general, intuition can only works only within "size" or "measurement" that it is if something is too big, too fast (approaching velocity of light), too small, too hot, too slow (e.g. millions of years) then intuition will not work. Any help in formulating this is welcome. Andries (talk) 17:16, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

Occam's Razor[edit]

To what extent do 'common sense' and Occam's Razor overlap - and the point at which 'logical extrapolation from what one knows' has to be replaced by 'counterintuitive assumptions' (which, in part is 'the assumptions/experience/rules one has not yet learnt about') is also where Occam's Razor is an oversimplification? Anna Livia (talk) 12:38, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

Clifford Geertz Quote[edit]

The first part of the quote by Clifford Geertz does not make sense:

"Common sense is not what the mind cleared of cant spontaneously apprehends"

Removing the 's' at the end of 'apprehends' makes the sentence structurally sound, but is that the intended meaning? It is not a misquote, the quote is correct. Am I missing something?? Why does a nonsensical quote show up in 209 different places on the internet?? — Unsigned, by: / talk

Are you assuming that "cant" is intended to be an abbreviation of "cannot"? Cant is a word meaning: "hypocritical and sanctimonious talk, typically of a moral, religious, or political nature" so the sentence makes perfect sense. Scream!! (talk) 11:26, 21 May 2021 (UTC)

Common sense should not be conflated with intuition[edit]

William Hazlitt’s essay “On genius and common sense”, and the works of John Locke, Thomas Reid, Samuel Johnson, and J.L. Austin are great resources for understanding what common sense is, and how it differs from many of the subjects criticised in this article. LeucippusSalva veritate 17:58, 23 April 2022 (UTC)