Science with Commonsense

When it seems like a science result is about providing proof for commonsense; this would be bad if it was that we needed proof of commonsense in order to regard or appreciate it. But then, it is good to get some scientifically originated affirmation of sense that should be common: to see the science of the sense.

When the results of a scientific investigation contradicts true commonsense, they may tell us that it is counterintuitive, trying to overlay our doubts with grammar—semantics. But commonsense ought not be conflated with intuition, even if their outcomes might be similar.

So, if a ‘scientific’ result contradicts true commonsense, then, the investigation probably got something wrong, somehow. But then we know that the scientific method, which is a very commonsensical process, is very much involved in the identification of sense that we can make common.

We appreciate our mothers.

With an introduction by the Dalai Lama…
… the book of James.
— A pocket cannon publication.

Interesting that he says that some key ideas in Buddhism are reflected in the book of James. The fact is, a lot of learning in the ‘established’ faiths and their associated teachings simply reflect natural truths; enough of which truths, perhaps, we can access via commonsense and reflection. However, we sometimes need the obvious to be pointed out to us for it to become obvious. And to be reminded severally for it to remain so.

Don’t mothers do that best?
We appreciate our mothers.


Searching for enlightenment, for health, for truth…

…Attracted to it for reasons which range from a need for exercise to a search for spiritual enlightenment. Whatever our view of the possibilities … we must do our best to be clear-minded and realistic about what it can do for us.
… Some students are drawn … because of an interest in the exotic. Perhaps they are disaffected with their own culture and hope to find a more compatible philosophical climate in another.

… Unquestioning in their acceptance of the worth and utility of ideas and practices they encounter. Sometimes they … become drawn to behaviour thought to  be common in some past imagined golden age. … Consider the teacher some kind of sage …. Pronouncements on areas of life concerning which the teacher may have only limited knowledge are listened to with attention and willing acceptance.

… The … ideal which holds that a person must gather all available evidence, consider it carefully, come to a decision, and, if a vote is in order, be counted as the equal of the next person’s.

The above excerpts are from Herman Kauz’s book on Tai Chi Chuan. What was he talking about? In the first paragraph, he asks us to ensure we understand our attractions to certain experiences, people, places etc, and to keep things in perspective. The second and third paragraphs above, question unthinking acceptance of the propositions of ‘experts.’ Plausibility isn’t fact. And then he says that commonsense should rule and overrule.