Hello Quinn and welcome. You bring up a subject that has rarely been discussed and thanks for doing so.
My conclusion is that common sense varies with every person, based upon what their common knowledge is. Thus, common sense isn't very common at all.
You are accurate in your assumption as it relates to the reality we are currently living in. It is not very common and there are reasons for that. To understand common sense one has to believe in a "mother ship" so to speak that records everything. A mother ship on a voyage that will last for an eternity dispensing with what is wrong to proceed in a right direction toward a perfection that will never be realize; it is the voyage that is important and we are all aboard that ship offering our own 2 cents to it's navigation.
Let's call that ship the USS UNIVERSE and it's Captain "God". Now those who do not believe this will never agree with a common sense, for they have their reasons to believe otherwise and rely on what they think they know as sense to be that of their own choosing with little regard to any notion of what others have known and experienced. That is why common sense is not prevailing as it should and perhaps it we will never understand it in all it entirety. I think it exists and it is very important.
The senses can become confused and this reality is evident of that fact. Of course we are still young and it is understandable why that is so.
Like I said it is a journey. An eternal one. You may argue if you wish. I choose not to. I like believing in that. It is so very comforting for me to think such.
I think you should look at the following:
A Defense of Common Sense (link)
Thank you Ken for bringing Moore's analysis to our attention. If you will forgive me I got dizzy reading it. It was a valiant effort on Moore's part to attempt it and for the most part he was correct but try to explain it to the average passenger on this ship to a degree that will be "in common" with all and you will find few who will be able to understand it. If you, yourself, have read it, then perhaps you will help in that if you would so all can understand.
You see that is the problem. "All" is a hard word to use and understand. Granted all do not think and experience the same, but there is, in all of us, that which we share that are in common. That which is true is what guides the "Mother Ship" and the mind is it's communication device and what serendipity is all about or a God consciousness that allows us to hear that which is true and in common with all that will enable us to realize we are a part of that God and that communication it has with all God's various and unique pieces. To explain that cannot be done on an individual basis so don't even try as Moore efforted to do.
As long as the mind is troubled, see list, this reality we are currently experiencing will continue on the slippery slope it is on toward a hell on Earth. You see that's how we learn; we only evolve when we are on the precipice of doom. Sad, we do not learn. But as I said, we are still young, stubborn and like to do things ourselves being the perfect individuals we are and were created as such.
You might ask what is "DOOM". Ha! That's is a matter to concern one's self with, isn't it. Now look at Doom's mirror image; "Mood". Hmm? Fascinating, huh! We do have our mood's don't we? To envision doom is a horrible mood to be in, and there are who believe such and are doing all that can to prepare for it. To think this ship can sink is nothing but folly based on a fear imposed by those who think they know it all. Unfortunately they are aboard this ship too. Do they have the Captain's ear; not hardly. That communication from the Captain to those aboard his ship is one way; it's the noise that keeps many from hearing. Like I said the senses can become confused and there is a lot of profit in that confusion or chaos as it were.
This is a "we" paradigm, not an "I" one as I have often noted and tried to explain since I came aboard this forum. Not easy, to say the least. There is only one "I" and we are a part of that "I". In other words, God is "we", but "we" are not He. Who we are gives life to that majestic Captain. We are His senses, tools and He will utilize them to insure His ship stays on course and once all are allowed to align with that which we have in common, we will come to our senses and they will be utilize in ways we can only imagine at this point. But that is what dreams are made of.
Now I have no idea of what dreams are made of exactly but I use it only for it's positive nature in the context that I used it. Like wishing upon a star and the like or somewhere over the rainbow. How grand that is if it could only be true? And I think it is in ways that cannot be explained, I am rewarded for that and for that I am eternally grateful. If all could only realize what those rewards are, you would want to share them too. "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King". Why I said that, I don't have the foggiest idea. Like I have mentioned before, I stopped thinking about what it is I say long ago. Ha! It just comes out and I just go with it. If one only knew he peace in that? Oh, well...............! Let's just say the Captain and I are friends and leave it at that for now.
Common sense is sense/knowledge that is held in common. I suppose it could be compared to a piece of property held in common.
Like the Earth, for instance!
This brings to mind an essay by Garrett Hardin called "The Tragedy of the Commons". The essay is about what happens to land that is held in common, how it is abused and wasted by the individuals who exploit it for their personal gain so that an unprotected commons eventually becomes a wasteland or garbage heap. So in a round about way it turns out to be a pretty good argument for private property.
Couldn't have said it better myself. Bravo!
Could the same thing happen to common sense? Can common knowledge be corrupted and exploited by various individuals for personal gain. Or is it impervious to such corruption?
What is corruption but the desire to skew that common sense? Call it a "sibling rivalry". It can be concluded that those who think they know more lay claim to this planet and want it for their own to rule and command it as they please. Ha! Greed is a desire of a deprived child who thinks all are deprived as he and prides himself on outwitting others so greedy. But they do do their damage, don't they? There will be an atonement for those who think such, I can assure you. What that will be will be in the hands of the Captain and of course all who are not so greedy that will aid in that comeuppance and will not realize their participation in that, but the perpetrators will and perhaps that is occurring as we speak? Hmmm? I wonder what crow tastes like? Ha!
Pardon me this kind of talk for it is really speculation on my part and I do not know for sure what that universal justice is. In the movie THE FLIM FLAM MAN, George C. Scott in the title role made the statement "...you can't cheat an honest man!" Perhaps that is more true than we realize and all are complicit to a degree for wanting more than they need.
Perhaps we can find here an argument against giving dogs what is sacred and throwing ones pearls before swine.
Deckard, I've heard that before. Would you please relate what it means....as briefly as you can. What you think it means? Thanks a lot.
There is no such thing as common sense; the term "conscience" is derived from the same archaic notion.
Hello buffalobill and welcome. William here or on occasion known as "Wild Bill" by some and "Mr. Bill" by close friends. Please, if you don't mind, what is it you think the conscience is. If you don't mind, no links. What do you think it is?
It's the idea that everyone shares some kind of inherent knowledge.
Inherent knowledge? Now that is a difficult one to prove, huh? You think there is no such thing as common sense, I take it? I think we were just talking about you, ha! No offense, there are many who think as you. They call themselve "secular humanist" and I agree with some of what they say. The problem is we know little of what it is to be human except that we "err"; and we do a lot of that. The question is do we learn from our mistakes? Hmmm? Is the "divine" forgiving? God, let's hope so. I think he is or he would have ended "us" long ago, huh? Like when we started killing our unborn thinking it was our right to do such a thing. Damn! What a good father/Captain he must be. Dare I say he loves us? Yeah, I think I can say that. I don't think He can get along without us. Now as to the Mother, that would make for fascinating discussion for another thread. Huh? To bad there are few women aboard this ship. There input would be welcome, I think.
On a side note and please if anyone chooses to rubutt, please open another thread, but considering killing our unborn; over population is one of those erroneous reasons why we effort to justify it. That's BS. The Earth is in perfect balance and there is more than enough room for us all. We gather in clumps to survive. Once we come to our senses and use the knowledge we have collectively and commonly we will be able to spread out and live together all different, harmoniously. There are more than enough resources to sustain us once we stop applying value to rarity. What an insane notion that was.
"Instinct" is not the same - instinct is a propensity to learn certain kinds of things, such as (for humans) language, social norms, bipedal movement etc.
Propensity: An inclination to "something" hmmm? Bent/bias/cast/disposition/leaning/partiality/penchant/predilection/predisposition/proclivity/proneness/tendency/trend/turn; Now which one is it you are using?
Animals have "instincts too, or so they say. Could it be that human instinct and "common sense" are one and the same and how we will one day communicate. Just as the animals now do? Or perhaps it is a form of "intuition"--briefly : In philosophy, the power of obtaining knowledge that is not or cannot be acquired either by inference or observation.
Perhaps "common sense" relates to men only as we often refer intuition a speciality to women. Perhaps there is a balance in the two we have yet to recognize.
We are not born with this knowledge, but we have evolved to pick it up very easily. In the past, the idea of common sense or common knowledge was often somewhat ethnocentric, not allowing for the differences in culture which the OP mentions.
Well put. But, (ha, there away's seems to be a but, sorry); what if all one acquires as to that knowledge is not easily, as you say, "picked up"? The work of genius always, it seems, falls into the wrong hands sooner or later. I have always maintained that which is common to us will come easily and without effort as you just said but their always seems to be a rat in woodwork somewhere who has the ways and the means to subvert it for their own purposes. After all scientist's have to eat too and many are for sale to the highest bidder and many bidders who do have the ways and means couldn't pour piss out of a boot. Sorry for the euphemism, but I think it appropriate.
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now that i think of it, why should any belief be termed a commonsense belief? you could say some ideas are knuckleheaded beliefs, and some are insane beliefs, some are naive, etc etc etc. is the idea of giving it this label and defining it as such making it a part of a formal logical process?
Hello Salima. You do have a way with words.Ha! It does have it's relative connotations as we effort to distinguish how individuals think. It can be confusing and deters any thought of a commonality in it all.
Oh, by the way, I like your new signature. How nice would it be if we exited like John Travolta did in the movie PHENOMENON. He said, "it's happening and just went to, what it seemed as, sleep.