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Common Sense, and Beliefs

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One challenge for social scientists is to recognize thinking based in "common sense" and to move toward critical thinking.

To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review the Study Notes: Psychology as a Science. Think about the difference between common sense and science. Consider the connections between common sense and people's beliefs and how this relates to human behavior.
- Review the article by Douglas (2002). In your own words, define "belief perseverance" and explain how it interferes with critical thinking. Bring to mind an example for your own life in which your belief system has or is likely to interfere with critical thinking.
- Review the Paul & Elder article (2003). How might you apply the strategies presented in this article to help you become a better critical thinker, particularly in the presence of a personal belief system?

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 your explanation of the difference between common sense and science, the connections between common sense and people's beliefs, and how this all relates to human behavior. Include your definition of "belief perseverance" and explain how it interferes with critical thinking. Share the strategies you would employ (or have employed) to ensure critical thinking in the presen' postings. Select a minimum of two postings on which to base your response.

Respond by Day 5 to each of the two postings you selected in one or more of the following waysways:
- Ask a probing question.
- Share an insight from having read the colleague's posting.
- Offer and support an opinion.
- Validate an idea with your own experience.
- Make a suggestion.
- Expand on the colleague's posting.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you learned and/or any insights you gained as a result of the comments made by your colleagues.

Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week's Learning Resources and any additional sources.

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To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review the Study Notes: Psychology as a Science. Think about the difference between common sense and science. Consider the connections between common sense and people's beliefs and how this relates to human behavior.

For example, Psychology is a science because it is defined as such and relies on the scientific method to prove theories. Psychology is based on research that either proves or disproves a hypothesis about human behavior. Valuable information has come from the field of psychology. For example, understanding human development stages, mental illnesses, and personality development. These topics cannot be explained using common since. We would all have a different opinion about it and no data or research to support it. The idea that psychology is related to or even equal to common since undermines the profession. Common since is knowledge that the average person without a disability should have. It can be defined as the everyday commonalities that most people would agree to. Common sense would be if you apply for the job you have a better chance of getting the job then if you did not apply. As we all know, not everyone has common since and therefore the reasons why commons since is lacking in some people is a good study in itself. The better understanding we have of human behavior increased our chances of changing lives in a positive way.

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The common sense and beliefs are examined.

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