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Is there any way to teach people common sense and logic or is this just inborn?

  1. Penny G profile image74
    Penny Gposted 3 years ago

    Is there any way to teach people common sense and logic or is this just inborn?

  2. CWanamaker profile image96
    CWanamakerposted 3 years ago

    I believe that those things can be taught or learned.  A lot of what we call common sense is really common knowledge in regards to our environment and social interactions. Another way of looking at common sense is how the average person deals with a common situation.  Someone that lacks common sense sinply hasnt gained the knowledge or experiemce to deal with that particular situation.

  3. Robert the Bruce profile image62
    Robert the Bruceposted 3 years ago

    Depends. You can teach logic as theory. Most people use at least a small measure of logical thinking in their daily lives, but a truly balanced, logically thinking person is harder to find. In matters of religion, most people become extremely illogical in order to "prove" their way of thinking.

    Of course, any person you'd meet would probably, if asked, tell you that he or she is logical, whether their lives prove it or not.

  4. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 3 years ago

    I believe the essence of learning to do math has a component within to give a person "deductive" reasoning. Nevertheless it's possible to be "book smart" and not be "people/street smart".
    More often than not this occurs when someone is (self-centered) and cannot imagine someone thinking differently or having different motives than themselves or they're simply (too lazy) to spend a few minutes "analyzing" a situation and it's potential outcomes before making their own decisions.
    They don't believe in attempting to "connect the dots" or trying to "anticipate" what (may or may not) happen based upon a certain set of circumstances. They see/hear what (they) want to.
    I imagine this keeps their lives full of "surprises"! " smile

    1. Penny G profile image74
      Penny Gposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I can't spend much time in a conversation with this type of person. I keep it short , and simple.

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    Grey Templesposted 3 years ago

    Unfortunately, PennyG common sense and logic is something that is taught and learned from birth and as we grow through life.  A lot of having common sense comes from having a healthy bond with a loving caregiver from birth that nurtures the baby and teaches the baby as the baby grows.  If that nurturing caregiver is not there the child will still have a 'sense' of common sense but will have a very hard time adjusting to life itself which is sad.  This has a lot to do with orphans and foster children and abused children who are left on their own.

    It is a sad world in today's world as it does seem the younger generations has absolutely no common sense at all and this is mostly due to helicopter parents and those stupid games they play on the television.  There is no imagination anymore, no going to the library or playing stick ball.  Children are not even being taught correctly in our schools.  I hope I answered your question after my long answer.

    1. Penny G profile image74
      Penny Gposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much for your well thought out answer. So much truth, and yes sadness in it too.

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    temptor94posted 3 years ago

    In my opinion, logical reasoning or common sense can't be taught to people, it is a process of constant self-learning by observing situations and experiences. The urge to reason in a logical manner comes from within, it is ingrained as part of our thought process.
    The smart thinkers observe and catch on to new situations and their consequences easily, so they display common sense in whatever they do. The not-so smart folks seem to be too self-occupied to watch and learn, so their common sense never really develop.

    1. Penny G profile image74
      Penny Gposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      This is exactly my thinking about logic and common sense. My siblings just didn't get much of it and we had the same two parents and upbringing. They have completely different personalities , they always called me the odd ball. I'm glad I am!

  7. padmendra profile image45
    padmendraposted 3 years ago

    Well...if I talk in general , than I must say that most of the behavior of people are due to the way of their living and the type of environment that they have been born and raised.
    However it would be wrong to comment that the common sense and logic are based on the living conditions and the environment , one exists in. Common sense is made of the knowledge and the learning that we consume in our educational institutes and on the basis what is easily excepted by the crowd. To learn reasoning and logic in what we speak or do or to learn the common sense it is always advisable that a person needs to follow and decide to take the right out of the wrong.
    We should learn from the surrounding and choose the best which would make us better every minute.
    Thus these are things can never be taught but can be learned in the period of time .

    1. Penny G profile image74
      Penny Gposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Good point, if they are in tune to their surroundings, listen and learn.