When Common Sense Fails

All this praise of common sense may be leading you to think of it as an intellectual cure-all. As critical as common sense is to a well-functioning intellect, let’s be careful not to paint it as the all-inclusive trait. Common sense has its limitations and is ripe for misuse. In the words of ancient mapmakers, Here there be dragons.

The Perversion of Common Sense

Unfortunately, common sense is not a perfect tool. In fact, it can lead to horrid consequences. Consider the tragedy of Richard Jewell. Jewell was a rather mild-mannered young man, pudgy and overweight, who landed a dream job as a security guard at the 1996 Atlanta ...

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