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Lee Flockton

Teacher/ Educator, Birchville Primary School

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Is common sense an over rated concept or is it under rated?

I often hear both sides of this and wonder... I hear people say that it is over rated and it inhibits the opportunity to dream big. But then when looking to solve a problem there must be some hint of common sense used to be able to have initiative that is plausible to becoming a solution???
Or is it that we need to use less when brainstorming solutions but more when deciding which solution is best?


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  • Jun 22 2011: A misunderstanding of common indicators of ability and intention is central to the pattern of mistakes exhibited at both the individual level and at the level of society.

    Using one possible description of how concepts are evaluated (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaboration_likelihood_model), using "common sense" could mean thinking about things superficially (which can cause an error), but it could also mean thinking about something critically but failing to do so at a level which correctly identifies flaws in an argument due to assumptions used in the analytical process. This would then create a false sense of confidence which might be perceived as others as a "lack of common sense" due to a greater familiarity with identifying hidden assumptions.

    In any case see this, just because: http://pastebin.com/Q86Zhgs9 line 59.

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