Amazon.com $25.99 ... no JK ... I think it is a combination of the two. I think you have to be able to think about things constructively. There are a lot of people that just don't seem to have the mental focus to work some things out. I think it is along the same lines as cause and effect thinking. I also think a lot of people have the ability but just don't want to use it.
Everyone tells me that I have a very high level of common sense, and even though I got through a degree in biology, I still feel my common sense is my strong point.
One thing I notice in a lot of people, is that they are afraid to try to do things themselves. Even the smallest thing like setting up electronics or fixing something around the house. In order to have common sense, you have to have experience too. Don't be afraid to try to fix things on your own and do things. Read about things, learn about it and then DO it. Then when situations arise, you will have that experience to know what to do. Common Sense = experience - then feeling confident about your decisions. Also it is being cautious in a smart way - not because your afraid. (Again - more knowledge).
However you get it it seems to be in short supply anymore. I think Tepy_128 is on the right track, though. People aren't encouraged to be self reliant anymore. Goods are manufactured in such a way that they either have a short life span or specialty tools are required to repair them.
Experience breeds common sense. The practical use of common sense breeds wisdom. I agree with it being a learned "cause & effect" knowledge. The mentor of common sense is logic. Gain logic & you gain much more than mere common sense! Excellent question, CJ! I always enjoy your wisdom & logic! =)
first you have to travel to the highest eak of the andys to collect the golden egg of kahn! then you must travel to the deepst depths of the ocean to collect the magical pepper of ash un ku! THEN to the dryest farthest reaches of death valley to collect the frying pan of ushu.. cook the egg season with the pepper and eat it.. then you shall have common sense
common sense is wisdom. wisdom is earned through experience. experience is earned through doing what is theorized. theory is thought. most constructive thoughts are done while day dreaming.
long story short...
dream, think, do, earn --- repeat.
Most people take 10 years of life experience and call it "common sense" this is not so. they do this to belittle others and make themselves seem "smart" --- please do not fall into this. Read as much as you can about all that you enjoy. make up your own mind as to what truths are available and look for patterns everywhere! these patterns are what make the foundation to most common sense.
The "common sense" of a scientist is much different then that of a construction worker, and the path of life always exists behind he or she that walks it. the steps that will be placed in front of you are always made of different materials. a collaboration of wisdom, experience, and thought.
Honestly just by living. You learn it on your own subconsciously through watching others and making your own mistakes. Its called common sense is because everyone has it and it is a constant nollage no one knows any more of it then another some just use it more then others. It’s not the power that counts its how you use it. good luck!
Go to Boston. Find the 'Boston Commons'. Walk around for a day or so, until you really have a good sense of its size, layout, design and bordering streets. At this point you will surely have a lot of CommonsSense. Good luck.
its on Google books for free common sense by Thomas Paine its an anti colonial pamphlet that to led the american revaluation its sad that no one but me went down this path we are missing out on our rich heritage
1.) Be open minded, but maintain healthy skepticism. 2.) Learn from your mistakes. If you learn, they're not mistakes--they're lessons. 3.) Have faith in your gut instinct. You'll be surprised how often your gut instinct is right.
As mentioned before, it is a combination of experience plus the ability to analyze afterwards. A lot of older people criticize the young for not having common sense. Well, that's due to the lack of life experience. So, I would recommend that you plunge yourself into life, get as much experience as possible (be reasonable about taking precautions) and after each, analyze the heck out of it. Being timid will just leave you sitting in corners while others have all the joy and sorrows that life brings. They, if they think about what happens, will end up much wiser because of it. Live life to the fullest. Challenge yourself.
While I had a lot of book smarts, I didn't have a lot of common sense as a kid, and even in my early adulthood. And I'm not really ashamed to admit it, because it is basically taught, and if know one teaches you to pay attention, slow down and think things through, then you won't know how. Anyway, I've found it best to be observant. Think before you act or speak or formulate an opinion or conclusion.
It comes from trial and error; then, not expecting different results from the same stimulus or cause. Example: if a child stick a fork into an electric wall outlet, he/she should quickly learn that that is not a fun thing to do. But if that same child decides to use a paper clip in lieu of a fork expecting different results, that child either has a learning disability or is a dyed in the wool progressive/liberal.
Open yourself to self criticism and to taking others' opinions into consideration. Learn from your elders. Learn patience. You will make mistakes that you regret. But, without an older advisor constantly at your side, you can not avoid them all. But, do not let life pass you by waiting for common sense to be your guide. If you learn to love after you are 40, you may have lost the opportunity for a happy loving partner in youth. In the meantime, find older friends whose lives are successful and call on them for advice. When in doubt, follow the morals and ethics given in scripture of your faith: you are not the first person to have a problem or to find an answer. Beware of secular philosophers: a secular philosopher may be the most hedonistic, uncaring, misguided person to have put paper to pen. Nietzsche sounds reasonable, but do you want Hitler's hero to be your guide? Others will tell you that common sense is "street smarts". But, knowing how to avoid the consequences of your actions is not sensible, it is codified stupidity. Be open to your own conscience: if you are in doubt if you should do something, you probably should not. .
Common sense increses every day, you are born with it but your brain at this age is not as developed as it is now. for example: a kid pets a cat on its head; the cat is happy and the kid is happy too. (its ok) Then the kid pull the tail of the cat; the cat doesnt like it; it scrach the kid. (its not ok) The kid will know not to do it again (this is common sense) Common sense is so fast sometimes you dont realise that its all the things you know that all comes in one (common sense) and it`s bassed on the experience of the past. people with alot of common sense usually are confidant so they tryed alot of things. Some times its not things that you have done but something close to it. For example: today I had to fix a water fountin. Never did that before. took me 5 second to figure out how to fix it just by looking at it. took me 30 second to fix it completly. I dont know if that`s what you were looking for...
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Common sense is achieved thru trial & error... Either yours or someone else's. You have to learn from experience. If you put your hand on a hot stove and it gets burned... common sense tells you if you do it again, you'll get burned again. If you do it a 3rd time ? Well... Ya just can't fix stupid.
Common sense is the right & wrong way of being human. Wish I could say you're born with it. There'd be a lot less idiots in the world today.
Personally, I have found the Book of Proverbs (in the Bible, just to the right of the center or use the Table of Contents) to be an extremely good source of wisdom and plain old common sense. Regardless of your religious persuasion, or lack thereof, this book is great for acquiring common sense.
Be sure you are using a modern translation. There are 31 chapters in the book, none of which is very long. Read one chapter a day. On the 1st of the month, read the 1st chapter, on the 10th of the month, the 10th chapter, and so forth.
After you have completed one whole month, I suggest repeating it. After all, it takes most of us two or three hearings of something for it to really sink in.
You gain it through experience. Live life and learn from the mistakes you make, and you will gain wisdom and common sense. Also try thinking your way through scenarios, making logical decisions. This is common sense. Good luck! :)
I think everyone is born with the capacity to have common sense. Whether or not you actually fulfill that capacity is contingent on how you were brought up and what experiences you went through. Then there are probably some people who recognize common sense, they just refuse to use it.
Well, there are people who are born with common sense and that is refined through experience and interaction with society in general. Live life, seek counsel when you are confronted with a question you can't answer, and have the confidence and faith to face problems, no matter how great or small they are.
I believe I posses a serious amount of common sense, I was born with it, I am not afraid to try anything, and generally excel at any and all of my endeavors, unfortunately this also holds me back to a degree, and honestly, I am wary to take great risks to the same degree, I prefer to count on what I know, not the unknown. On the other hand, my brother is super intelligent, and is a success through his ability to take risks, though calculated to a great degree, they are still risks, he does not posses any great deal of common sense, and cannot read people very well, has not the ability to operate heavy equip to any degree of efficiency and he can be buffaloed easily, BUT he has business sense up the yin yang and is rich while I am not, I can master any piece of equipment in very short order and can also smell BS , a mile away. In short, you are either born with it or not..(my opinion)
My parents helped me form my common sense. They showed me how to be smart enough to "come in out of the rain", as they say. We were shown by example every day what it was like to pay the electric bill on time, the practice of saving something from every paycheck, and how to treat our fellow human beings; all of which are common sense things. Then, we all chose it again later in life or not. Then our mistakes when didn't use it, reinforced it. No, we were not born with it automatically, but taught from birth. Oh, we are all "book smart" too. You're off balance without both.
I'm not sure how to obtain common sense however , I use to believe every body had it , but now it seems that nobody has it . I do know that you can lose your common sense by going to college for something that is more difficult for your intelligence than what god has blessed you with . Even if you succeed at such an endeavor it only makes you another educated idiot .
It's something you are born with. I've seen people so intellectual that they can't walk straight, as if their natural sense - common sense - was completely destroyed by intellect. I'm amazed they survived!
Common Sense is common only to those that have it! Yet common sense to a Rocket Scientist is Different than that of a Carpenter. We all have it in our area of expertise. there are those that have not experienced much, read much, expanded their horizons that have a veeeerrrry limited amount. Read, Learn, Experience, Common Sense will grow!
most of that can be obtained through experience.for example,if you touch fire,you get burn.this is common sense.if you say this to a 3 year old,he may not understand.but once if he touches it and get a burn,he would never intentionally repeat it again in his life.
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Common Sense is not COMMON...even very intelligent people or highly educated people can lack it. My mentally ill son, has more common sense than most people I know. I believe it is a combination of life experience and understanding the rules of nature, Also, I think it is partly inherited.
I think common sense is the way some people can look at a problem and understand what is needed to solve it. You probably can help a child develop it by talking them through situations where they seem to be unable to work out what to do. One example of a child having common sense was a second grader with learning difficulties. Someone knocked over a bookcase and this child went over, lifted it up, arranged the books in a way that made sense while the rest of us were freaking out.
What makes you think you don't have it? Find a mentor who can help you determine you CS level, maybe even help you develop it. Time and experience, the good and the bad, help develop it. Your asking the question shows good sense, which isn't so common.
You are usually predisposed to common sense. Many times, our environment either enhances or stifles it. Personally, I believe it has to do with our basic survival instinct. I hope you get many replies to this interesting question.
Common Sense is the result of considering the long term repercussions of one's actions. Common Sense can be gained by taking the time to think before one acts. You would be amazed how often tattoo artists need to explain the potential for future problems to customers that are acting on an impulse.
The common wisdom of a group is one way to define 'common sense'.
And you can seek to obtain common sense. For example, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts teach 'be prepared' and break preparedness down into steps. The 4-H clubs teach a collective wisdom via husbandry and raising animals.
The mores of a particular area define 'common sense'. For example, it was not safe for college girls to be out on the street past 11 PM. That was just 'common sense'. Mores are subtle but you can learn what they are in your area.
Common sense is not common in the sense that all have it. It can be obtained with perseverence and keeping your eyes open. So -- go for it!
Seriously, yopu can develop logic, like anything else. I think the best way to go about it is to learn. You learn. But not by being told, you have to learn it for yourself~by doing things, and by reading. Puzzles that you must use logic to work out may help, too.