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What Is Common Sense, Anyway?

If left to the U.S. Supreme Court, the term common sense would probably be labeled in the same manner dirty pictures were defined. When asked what constituted pornography, one esteemed jurist noted, “I’ll know it when I see it.” We generally can identify common sense when we see it. Perhaps more important, we find it quite easy to identify when we don’t see it. A lack of common sense can be easily spotted when you hear an excited voice bark, pointing it out, What in the world were you thinking1

Often, the term is used defensively or as a way to get the final word in an argument. “Of course I’m right,” we’ll say. ...

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