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    Common sense is anchor

    We live, love, and learn by metaphor. ‘Common sense is anchor’ is, I am convinced, a useful metaphor for learning.

    In what sense is common sense an anchor?

    An anchor keeps us steady when we just want to lie on deck either sleeping or day-dreaming. It keeps us safely anchored in place. It is our security. If we put one out fore and aft we cannot move without a great force compelling us to move.

    However, the anchor functions as security only in shallow water.

    To go to sea, to explore, to discover the adventure of the deep water and distant shores one must ‘up anchor’, one must dislodge the anchor from solid ground and take a leap of faith, we must learn to develop confidence in our instincts and to navigate by the stars. It entails risk; but what form of action can we indulge our self in if we remain at anchor?

    All of this is just to set the stage for stating my conviction that we must put on hold our common sense while we explore a new domain of knowledge. I am not talking about what happens in school where the teacher takes us by the hand and shows us charts and maps about other lands wherein we never leave anchor. I am talking about what we must do when our school days are over and we wish to find a new means to reach another intellectual domain.

    We must place on hold our common sense while exploring new domains of knowledge until we have gained sufficient knowledge about these new domains to make good judgments. Of course, this requires that we do ‘due diligence’ when choosing our maps and charts before we set out. Seek out the best minds as your guide when entering a new domain of knowledge and then up anchor for a voyage of discovery.

    Quantum Theory and Psychology are two examples of domains of knowledge that cannot possibly be explored while clutching a security blanket.

    Do you think ‘common sense is anchor’ is a valid metaphor?

    Have you ever explored a new domain of knowledge without a teacher at your side?


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    thats a nice little philosophy.
    common sense is also relative.
    what was common sense before you left on your journey, would not be common sense when you came back.
    i was thinking in terms of cristopher columbus.
    before he left, it was common sense that if you traveled westwards,
    you might get to india.
    it was also common sense that the ocean was full of giant monsters that could tear a ship apart.


    when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth
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    Common sense is the most dangerous concept on the planet. There are no circumstances in which common sense offers a superior or safe solution to any problem.

    Common sense is shorthand for describing the current state of unconsciously derived prejudices. These prejudices relate to the mechanisms by which the world and its people appear to function.
    These prejudices arise out of undigested experience and as such are only valid by chance. When chance appears to validate these prejudices they become entrenched and are adopted as common sense.

    True common sense is anything but common. Everyday common sense, is all too common, but almost wholly lacking in sense.

    I normally abjure any discussion that invokes common sense in any guise. You have rejected it for deep investigations. I reject it for every and each circumstance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite

    True common sense is anything but common. Everyday common sense, is all too common, but almost wholly lacking in sense.
    In my book common sense is that sense of reality that is common to the vast majority of normal humans. I do not know what "true common sense" is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coberst
    In my book common sense is that sense of reality that is common to the vast majority of normal humans.
    Common sense, as I have typically hear it used, relates to a way of acting, of doing something to solve a problem, or a way of interpreting events. The vast majority of normal humans are pretty crap at these things when we compare them with the 'best in class'.
    Since people, in my experience, use the word common sense as a mantra to identify 'the truth', as a way of saying 'well this is obviously the right way, or the right interpretation, then I am defining 'true common sense' as the truly right way, as opposed to that believed to be the right way by the unthinking majority.
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