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Common Sense and Science

Can someone help with an 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. Also, what is a good definition of "belief perseverance" and how it interferes with critical thinking?

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My name is Jason Blair and it is my pleasure to assist with some notes related to the concepts of belief perseverance, common sense, and science. By way of introduction, I am a professor in the state of Arizona.

To begin, let us discuss common sense. From an early age we are taught that some things are logical and true. They are common sense. If something is labeled as 'common sense', that theoretically means that the concept in question cannot be doubted. The problem, however, is that what is common sense to one person might not be the same for another. For example, consider the landing on the moon. Common sense tells that it happened. Why? Because we saw it on television, various eyewitness accounts tell us so, and people ...

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A discussion about the ideas of common sense and science. A real word definition and application of belief perseverance is also given.