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Author Topic:   Common Sense
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Message 1 of 2 (487541)
11-01-2008 7:41 PM

A frequent feature of creationist argument is an appeal to common sense. Whether it be the behaviour of straight metal bars in curved space-time, the "self evident" truths of reality or the obviousness of design in nature, the notion of common sense as a reliable and valid measure of veracity continually surfaces in one form or another.
In this thread I would like to put "common sense" under the spotlight.
What is common sense exactly? (But let’s not get into a battle of dictionary definitions) Is it "common" or is it ultimately subjective and thus largely individual? Is there a role for common sense in science at all and if there is what is that role? The creationist contingent almost invariably treat the terms "sense", "reason" and "logic" as synonyms for "common sense" but just how sensible, reasonable and logical are common sense assumptions and conclusions?
How reliable is common sense?
Given the regular creationist appeal to common sense, whether directly or indirectly, I am also interested in examples of established science that would appear to confound common sense. In particular examples of common sense defying scientific principles that are accepted by pretty much everybody, creationist and evolutionist alike.
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Message 2 of 2 (487545)
11-01-2008 8:16 PM

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