What Descartes Taught Us About Common Sense

The origin of modern rational thinking and decision-science.

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Today René Descartes is the source of the most common ways of understanding “common sense” as a widely spread type of judgment.

Descartes description of common sense has two related meanings:

1. The basic and widely shared ability to judge true and false, which he also calls raison (reason);

To paraphrase Lao Tzu, “The Common sense that can be rigidly and technically defined is not true common sense”.

Ultimately common sense may reflect the falling away of dogmatic ideas of what “is” and what “isn’t” so. Ultimately common sense can serve as a door to the workings of solution-based collective intelligence. It gives us a way to see what makes actually makes sense at any particular time whether it be common or uncommon.

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