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Is it more important to have common sense than knowledge?

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  • I'd say yes. But it doesn't mean not having any knowledge is okay. Both must be balanced.

    No matter how intelligent you are, but you don't have any common sense, your attitude and personality just failed. Common sense is a consciousness and understanding of a situation that everyone must have, to make the world a better place. Smart people do not always do things in a smart way; sometimes unintelligent people with common sense are more valued. Anyway, a great person comes with knowledge and common sense.

  • I'd say yes. But it doesn't mean not having any knowledge is okay. Both must be balanced.

    No matter how intelligent you are, but you don't have any common sense, your attitude and personality just failed. Common sense is a consciousness and understanding of a situation that everyone must have, to make the world a better place. Smart people do not always do things in a smart way; sometimes unintelligent people with common sense are more valued. Anyway, a great person comes with knowledge and common sense.

  • "Knowledge" and "Common Sense" Are Not Always Synonyms

    Of course, I believe that we should all have both common sense AND knowledge. Lack of knowledge leads to lack of understanding. Lack of understanding can lead to many things that could go wrong. But it is the way we use our knowledge that defines us. There have been corrupt people who have educated themselves for wrong or evil deeds.

    Or, for another example:

    Imagine you are at the top of your class, never gotten below an A in a class, yet you judge people before you even know them when there is a chance they could be the complete opposite. You see a person with tattoos and lip and nose piercings and think that he/she is unprofessional and a loser, but then you realize he/she was as well at the top of his/her class and is and went to Harvard.

    In this situation, you have knowledge, but you don't have common sense. If you had both, you would know that looks CAN be deceiving. Not always, but you never know unless you actually take the time to find out. You didn't know that wolves and dogs were related until you studied it in biology, did you? Or tigers and cats? Or how about we didn't know that whales are not fish until we studied them?

    It is your attitude towards what you learn that matters, and how you use it, not the knowledge itself.

  • Common Sense and Knowledge go hand in hand,can't have one without the other.

    It depends You could have very weak common sense, but extensive knowledge of some kind that is worth so much that you get rich. The thing with knowledge without common sense is it's more likely you wind up on either the top or the bottom of the social ladder depending on how useful your knowledge is. The opposite you're more likely to be successful but stuck in the middle.

  • Common sense is what make you

    Not intelligence. Wisdom as well. Intelligence is a side thingy. Honestly what is this weird obsession with measuring yourself by how intelligent you are that we see today? Of course, to be intelligent is a nice bonus, but it's not what makes a person, or measures their worth all together.

  • Common sense is a requirement, advanced knowledge is not.

    Even the most educated people need common sense. Without it they cannot figure out how to do all the essential acts of living. A person does not need knowledge in order to stay safe, healthy, and in good social standing, but common sense is needed for all three of those aspects.

  • Commmon Sense and Knowledge go hand in hand, can't have one without the other.

    I suck at explaining things, but from everything I've been seeing and hearing lately... Common sense seems to be running on low in this day and age; knowledge isn't doing so good either. Why is this happening? I'm not sure and I doubt anyone has a straight, spot on, accurate answer.

  • Yes, so that I don't get pulled over by the cops.

    That's pretty much it, though. The reason for that is because both are useless. Common sense is unreliable while knowledge is undetermined. First, common sense is unreliable because we cannot even truly tell the difference between good or bad. I would like to reference my post in this opinion: http://www.debate.org/opinions/do-good-and-evil-truly-exist. Second, we don't know anything that can be useful to us. Descartes was able to prove the statement "I exist" (and a proof of the existence of God that is very flawed), but he was able to doubt everything else. For personal reasons, I like knowledge, though. "Knowledge is power" - Sir Francis Bacon. It's just that I don't want to get arrested tomorrow.

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  • Common sense?

    That's a pretty relative term, I'm going to assume the asker meant logic. Because common sense in Nazi Germany for example, (Godwin's law) would mean that it was common sense that killing a Jew is alright, I mean, common sense is just the sense that is around us, and not perfect sense which people might believe so. Anyhow, yes, logic is more important than knowledge. What use of knowledge without knowing how to use them? This is one of the problems we face today I believe, major problem in fact. There is too much emphasis on knowledge and not logic, while in result will just produce more sheeple that are very vulnerable to arguments from authority and other logical fallacy because they're not well equipped with the wits of the mind.

  • Knowledge can be measured, common sense cannot.

    How do you measure common sense? Knowledge can be measured by the amount of time and training invested to acquire the knowledge gain through some form of education. After gaining knowledge through education, a person is able to demonstrate what they learned and how much they learned. Additionally, one can build knowledge by acquiring more education. In contrast, common sense is used to effectively apply the knowledge a person has gained.
    Hence, you first get knowledge, then use common sense to apply knowledge. Please be reminded that common sense is not common, and many times what's being called common sense is a form knowledge.

  • The question is, which is more important...

    Common sense is of course common. Knowledge isn't. Common sense didn't make the world what it is today, knowledge did. "Knowledge creates, invents and establish things that the common sense would be able to use or relate with. Without such knowledge, of what use is the sense? If knowledge isn't so important, Education would be so important too. Why are we having this argument? Are we trying to breed more losers?

  • No knowledge is stronger

    Knowledge is something you learn overtime and common sense is something you just know but not yet been through the situation yet. If you have knowledge you have the wisdom not to jump into things first hand before jumping into the situation you can not get out of making you more easy to trick into anything.

  • No, common sense is less important than knowledge.

    Common sense allows you to go through life with little difficulties. It does not however get you rich. Knowledge can make you a lot of money. It is easy enough to marry or hire somebody with common sense to help you out. Then you have knowledge and common sense. This is why knowledge is more important.

  • Knowledge and common sense are equally important.

    If you are going to wash dishes, do laundry, tie shoes, or make appointments on time then yes common sense is more valuable that knowledge for the accomplishment of the menial tasks that make up the majority of life for most people. However, bear in mind that all truly great things accomplished by great people are never the product of common sense. Einstein didn’t arrive at the theory of relativity through common sense or everyone else would have thought of it too; Beethoven didn’t write the 3rd symphony and bring about an artistic shift throughout the entire western world because it was something the average person did every day; the personal computer and Internet were not created by people who desired to continue doing everything the way we do it because we’ve always done it that way. In the end, the vast majority of great things have been accomplished by people who aren’t known for common sense at all, and if they had it- it was irrelevant. People shouldn’t be too quick to give themselves a medal for taking out trash, changing a diaper, or crossing a street without getting ran over, because everyone does that every day. You show me someone who has painted a masterpiece or an architect that designed something amazing etc. And I don’t care if that person has good penmanship or combs their hair pristinely because those things are not important unless that’s all you have.

  • It depends

    You could have very weak common sense, but extensive knowledge of some kind that is worth so much that you get rich. The thing with knowledge without common sense is it's more likely you wind up on either the top or the bottom of the social ladder depending on how useful your knowledge is. The opposite you're more likely to be successful but stuck in the middle.

  • They balance each other out

    I'm choosing yes because common sense is very important. However, I believe that common sence and knowledge go together hand in hand. The more knowledge you have, the more common sense you will have, and vice versa. But let's just say you are unknowledgeble but have basic common sense, then you are better off than someone that doesn't. But it makes sense that if you don't have strong knowledge in this world, your common sense is gonna e pretty weak.


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