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What is your defintion of common sense?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by slobake, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions

    18 vote(s)
  2. Whatever I know is right

    2 vote(s)
  3. Common sense is uncommon

    4 vote(s)
  4. Never met a carrot I didn't like

    4 vote(s)
  5. Tuna Noodle casserole is toxic poison

    8 vote(s)
  1. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Is it possible that what may seem like common sense to me could be totally off? Was it once considered common sense that some people were only good enough for slavery and could be thought of as not human?
    Are there things that I may believe are common sense that I use to justify my behavior?
    Is it common sense to never forgive someone who has done me wrong?
    Are there other things that I consider common sense that may be common blindness?
    Do I use common sense to make assumptions before having all the information, like basing my opinions on the opinions of others and/or the media?
    I know, I know a lot of you may be thinking I am a off base. Maybe we could all pause and ask ourselves about things we think are true.
    Who me? Yup me too.
    I'm just asking. :whistle:

    Miriam Webster says common sense is: the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2016
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  2. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Common sense is the ability to do the right thing even if it isn't the easy thing and the ability to constantly confirm that the right thing you are doing is really the right things.
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  3. If you are over 50, sort of look like Wilford Brimley and always wear a pork-pie hat then it is legal for you to end every sentence with " it's common sense fer cryin' out loud!" when talking to anybody under 50.
  4. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    I voted for the first choice. I know otherwise reasonably intelligent people who have a tendency to make horrible life decisions. This includes a singer I played with for years. He's a very bright guy, but does he make some very bad decisions. Dates and marries the wrong women. Makes career moves that make you shake your head. This is a guy who once sold a house so he could then rent a house.

    Not to get off on a tangent here, but I hate when common sense is invoked as a substitute for good systematic empirical study. Unfortunately, this sometimes drives unsound policy - both liberal and conservative policy. Some things that seem like "common sense" are actually incorrect when the rubber meets the road. The example I always use is that it is pretty common sense that if you are in trouble, you'll be more likely helped if there are a lot of people around. When actually studied, it was found that the opposite is true. You will be more likely helped when there are fewer people around. The reason is because when there are more people around, everyone just assumes that the next person will assist the person in need.
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  5. bhunt1

    bhunt1 Vintage Lefty Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Older than dirt ;)
    When applied to more trivial items, common sense seems subjective to me. I have only been married for a few years, and my wife, who has higher standards for organization and cleanliness than I do, has many household procedures that she considers common sense that I am not familiar with nor do I necessarily believe in - but of course, being not stupid, I always agree with her 'common sense' household ideas :)
    On the other hand, if common sense were to be defined as things that have proven through time to be very likely to ensure your survival and well being (i.e. don't touch the third rail of the subway track), then I think the term would have some meaning and value. Common sense would then be defined as anything that makes you much less likely to win a Darwin Award ;)
  6. Michael B

    Michael B

    Dec 16, 2015
    Lowell, MA
    Wouldn't Common Sense be what most people would consider reasonable.
  7. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Sometimes, but other times what some people consider to be reasonable is wrong. The herd mentality can sometimes replace thinking and consideration. Group A thinks Group B is .... Some people from group A then know it is common sense that anything said by someone from group B can be dismissed without consideration.
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  8. Hoff Kinkmeister

    Hoff Kinkmeister

    Dec 17, 2015
    "Common sense" is rarely both.
  9. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA

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  10. Ironbar

    Ironbar Inactive

    Aug 24, 2013
    Tigard, Oregon
    Common sense would tend to indicate common thinking among many. An accepted moral and ethical code of the masses. However, these days it seems as if common sense has gone bat-**** crazy. There are too many items to list here of thinking among certain groups that leads me to believe we're doomed.
  11. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    If you have to ask, you don't have it.
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  12. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
    "Common sense" has a unique definition for every individual that believes they have it.
  13. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Why I oughta ...
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  15. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I voted for the first one, but I would add "using wisdom from your own experience and that of others." Rationality and lack of superstition are essential.
  16. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    NOT going to the Buffett and Huey Lewis concert and getting piss drunk when you have to go to work tomorrow.


    Friday is gonna be a long day.
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  17. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    I would think it is a way of thinking that produces a result that most "normal" people would come to in the same given circumstance. Hence "common".
  18. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

    --Ralph Waldo Emerson
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  19. Is it common sense to solicit a definition of common sense from we commoners, and load the question with your own spin of what common sense should or shouldn't be??

    Is it common sense to use "I" every time you mean "You people??"

  20. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    There's no such thing.

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