The problem with common sense

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  1. bomberfox

    bomberfox Active Member

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    the problem with common sense......... wait for it!..... is not that it isnt common, it is that it is untrained by empirical observations and careful analysis. It is easy in many cases when something like dont touch a heated stove is involved but in other cases, when one cannot fathom why a decision is made, we make a gut reaction based on intuition which will lead many astray when examining a more complex problem. Common sense as a benchmark is a very flawed one when we rely on what is innate or what is perceived to be innate. Intuition is something that needs to be trained.
     
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    Here is a bit of common sense and reality about the POTUS and elections of these United States and the United States . . .
    This comment or soliloquy is about The President of the United States of America; regardless to whether or not a person voted for the sitting POTUS, he is still the President of the nation, so by extension he is everyone American citizen’s president. I have heard to many make the statement that President Trump is “not their president” which angers me because as long as you have citizenship, he is YOUR president as well as EVERYONE ELSE’S president. Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and the first term of Ronald Wilson Reagan were my presidents even though I was too young to vote for or against them. When I became eligible to vote at eighteen, Reagan in his second term, George Herbert Walker Bush, then William Jefferson Clinton, George Walker Bush, Barrack Hussein Obama, and now Donald J. Trump, of which I only voted for George Walker Bush; regardless, all of them were POTUS so being that I am an American citizen, they were ALL MY PRESIDENT. When people make such statements that either one was “not their president”, they are in essence saying that they are not Americans or traitors to the republic called the United States. Our country is based upon elections for public government officials be they United States House Representatives, Senators; Congress, or POTUS on the federal level. On the states level, we have governors, mayors, town or city council members, public advocates, local judges and sheriffs, which are our local officials. This is all a part of being an American, take it or leave. I refuse to disrespect any office or this country by stating that any of the listed public officials are not mine because I did not vote for him or her.


     
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    Thats a nice bit of red herrings. Do you just want people to kiss your ass so badly?
     
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    Many people think with their emotions instead of their intellect, and make decisions which are actually against their best interests.
     
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    Common sense as applied until redefined to mean common acceptance of dogma. It used to represent knowledge accumulated by direct individual experience and observation that is common knowledge shared by direct experience of others, and it is also relative to the shared knowledge of those that accumulated it by exposure to the same experiences and observation and is dependent also on the level of experience. What I perceive as common sense in regard to a bits of knowledge, may not be the same as someone that has no direct similar experience or observation. A good example is, I have over 60 years of experience with firearms of all types and what I might consider obvious and categorized as common sense might be shared with others of similar experience, but not someone that has never handled a firearm, For instance, how to safely check if a semi auto, any semi auto firearm is loaded or unloaded may be considered common knowledge among those the experience, but not those without.
    Intuition is not knowledge that can be taught, but a product of a deep understanding, where the brain is able to rapidly and unconsciously recall it based on unconsciously assembling knowledge from thought or often unconscious observation, and sometimes, is derived from cognitive processes that are not directly explained by the person who has a specific intuitive insight. A favorite example of mine was that of two police offices I knew in Milwaukee, that, while cruising, go a report of a stolen vehicle. As one officer was writing down the description, the other listening noticed a car fitting the description in traffic. The other said, wrong license number, but the officer driving voiced a question...’how do you get bugs smashed on the rear plate?’ They initiated a stop and it turned to be the car reported stolen; the plates had been stolen from another car and front plate mounded on the back of the stolen car.
    When many people refer to ‘common sense’ they often are refer to knowledge based on shared dogma and many use the phrase ‘it’s common sense’ which can have an effect on those not wanting to expose their ignorance.
     

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