Word of the Week – CommonSense

No need for the dictionary this week. This is a word that has featured repeatedly in my week for one reason and another – I thought it might throw up some interesting results on my weekly internet wander.

How to Develop Common Sense

Before we visit some lack of common sense I thought I would start on positive note, how to learn about and develop your own abilities.

Everyone has lapses in common sense. The more we’re trained to think one way (by our workplace, family, culture, etc.), the greater the chance that sometimes we allow sloppy or auto-pilot thinking to take the place of common sense. Common sense isn’t a one-stop-destination; it’s a way of thinking that needs constant nourishing and application.

 Common Sense Day

Did you know they have a ‘Common Sense Day’ in America – 4th November. Perhaps we could use one here too 🙂

If you want to know a little more about some of the history behind this, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense on Radio 4 is definitely worth a visit.

Common Sense Morality

Who would you trust more, someone whose moral principles are absolute, black and white, or someone who carefully considers the rights and wrongs of specific situations before leaping to judgment?

I spent a lot of time considering this article, and have to admit to being slightly troubled! I suppose in essence I have a problem with anyone saying that massive and universally applied generalisations are better than an intellectual application of our brain power to individual situations. How can anyone believe that the inevitable sacrifices of the first are preferable to the ‘dangerous’ implications of the second. Generalisations such as the laws of the land are obviously necessary, but when the exceptions that prove the rule arise we must apply individual consideration.

As someone who has (quite proudly TBH) been called a ‘Lefty Intellectual Guardianista’ in the past I have yet to find any argument, intellectual or otherwise, that comes close to persuading me that considering all of the options and angles to a situation before reaching a considered decision is in anyway a bad thing. If only there were more of it I say, and bahhhhh humbug to the following …

It can only work if we refuse to make ad hoc exceptions, no matter how intellectually justified they appear to be.

COMMON SENSE is a new project that supports the implementation of European Union marine policies

Marine ecosystems are integral to key environmental functions which support life on Earth, including climate regulation, prevention of erosion, and absorption of carbon dioxide. However, many marine environments, including some of those in EU marine territories, face increasing challenges.

I happily admit to having a slight bias here – I’m married to a renewables guru and I work for a company led and almost completely staffed by climate change warriors. As a parent I firmly believe in humanity taking it’s responsibility towards the planet (and it’s other inhabitants) much more seriously for the sake of the future of our children.

We should all be supporting  fight to protect our planet and combat climate change, especially  in the UK where we have a government who seem intent on leaving it to the rest of the world and damaging our country, our SMALL island, with Nuclear and Fracking.

For anyone who feels the same way this is a great website.

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One Genius’ Lonely Crusade To Teach A Computer Common Sense

One for all the geeks and nerds out there. And as the devoted mother of a Physics degree studying/ Dr Who loving/ Star Trek obsessed/ bow tie wearing fully fledged geek that is absolutely not said in any kind of derogatory way 🙂 The passion and determination of someone with a vision!

The experience taught him a lesson: If computers were to reach true artificial intelligence—tackling big problems entirely on their own—they needed more than just raw speed. They needed something beyond brute force. They needed a common sense of their own. So he decided to build it.

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http://commonsense.org.uk/

You know what I REALLY like about this? It applies to blind people, deaf people, uneducated people, disabled people, displaced people, refugee people, institutionalised people … if only the world was more like that vision of ‘No-Limits’ fairness eh

“The real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight. The real problem is the misunderstanding and lack of information which exist. If a blind person has proper training and opportunity, blindness is only a physical nuisance”

And now for the Anti Common Sense

There are no words …

“The government’s decision to ban councils and other public bodies from disinvesting from trade or investments they regard as unethical is an attack on local democracy.”

How much common sense do you really have?

Common sense really involves taking the information you have and turning it into more information. Making logical assumptions and decisions based on the knowledge to hand.

Not rocket science is it … well have a go at this quiz and see how you do 🙂

 

And following a mention of Thomas Paine earlier

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