Defining Common Sense

Taken form the first post on the blog Lack of Common Sense:

“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”  Albert Einstein

Participants in political debates sometimes appeal to common sense, particularly when they have exhausted other arguments. For example, partisans have attacked civil rights for African Americans, women’s suffrage, and homosexuality — to name just a few — as contrary to common sense. Similarly, opponents of many scientific and technological advances have invoked common sense. Such misuse of the notion of common sense exemplifies the fallacy of argumentum ad populum (appeal to the masses).

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3 thoughts on “Defining Common Sense

  1. Mafkoud says:

    أتصور في ثقافتنا يتوزي ال
    Common sense
    مع المعروف و المنكر، بفرض إن المعروف هو ما تعارف الناس عليه بأنه خير و المنكر ما أنكره الناس عليه لأنه شر

    المشكلة الحقيقة كيف نعرف الصح و الغلط لأن الرأي الجماعي بيتغير و السماوي موقفه محرج

    هل الأسلم إنو نعيش بلا مطلقات و كل زمان و مكان بمنظومته الإجتماعية و الأخلاقية المستقلة

    أنا شايف إنو أشرف لي روح نام

  2. bla2222 says:

    This economic crisis and the both the private and public debt run up in the US makes me think that many people are trying to defy the common sense of there is no free lunch, or at least no free lunch if someone else doesn’t pay for and provide it.

    When do we support common sense and when do we not?

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