Cognitive Biases Make Common Sense Neither

July 18th, 2011

By Dr. Jim Taylor In a recent post, I argued that common sense was vastly over-rated as a tool for making sound judgments and that we need to engage in “reasoned sense” that includes both extensive direct experience and critical thinking. Taking steps that include the informal use of the scientific method can help us […]


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Common Sense Is Neither Common nor Sense

July 12th, 2011

By Dr. Jim Taylor Common sense, defined as “sound judgment derived from experience rather than study,” is one of the most revered qualities in America. It evokes images of early and simpler times in which industrious men and women built our country into what it is today. People with common sense are seen as reasonable, […]


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