Good sentences

Karl Smith:

“[Common sense] does not depend on reason itself. People don’t have to have any understanding of why they believe what they believe for what they believe to be usefully true.”

I think that has a lot to do with my general distrust of common sense. However, the post as a whole (here) poses a challenge that I should take up at some point (hopefully on this blog)–that is, why has common sense lasted, if it’s not informative or causes people to make systematic errors? There’s probably a pretty basic evolutionary psychology argument, but worth thinking about.

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About Joe Colucci

From Michigan, now in Boston via DC and NYC. BA in Economics from NYU. A geek and a nerd, of the type that thinks there's a meaningful difference between the two. Avid fan of good TV, good argument, good beer, good food. I work at the Lown Institute on reforming the health care delivery system, and I blog on anything else that strikes my fancy at wonkinakilt.wordpress.com. Obviously, anything that I post on Twitter or Wordpress is my own rambling, and is not endorsed by any employee, colleague, or acquaintance, past, present, or future. View all posts by Joe Colucci

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