Communicating Science: The Difference Between Science and Common Sense

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Here is another blogger who echoes my thoughts exactly and saves me the time of having to write myself.

Science-Based Life

A Poor Master

One of the strongest features of science is that it can correct our seriously flawed cognition and give us an unfiltered view of reality. Most people put a lot of faith into relying on common sense and intuition, but as any psychologist will tell you, this faith is misplaced.

Science helps us to understand the universe by freeing us from a reliance on gut-feelings or unchecked reasoning hopelessly rooted in the unsystematic software of our brains. Common sense, as a product of this software, will never get us as far as we may wish.

Common sense is a poor master…it’s only criterion is that new ideas look like old ones.

Science versus Common Sense

Science, as a way of thinking, possesses many vital qualities for true understanding that common sense does not. Based on observations we make, science operates under theories, constantly revised and checked by…

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