On the surface, this question may appear somewhat irregular, or even stupid. However, upon deeper examination, you might discover that common-sense is often not so common. Maybe common-sense is actually uncommon and; therefore, extraordinary. Seemingly, the world often confuses the two.
For example, upon first sight of some highly pragmatic innovation, you often hear people say: “Well, that’s just common-sense, I could have come up with that.” What do they really mean by this? Consider problem solving. How many times in your life have you come across an eloquently simple solution to a resilient problem, only for someone to say: “Well, I could have told you that?” If so, why didn’t that person do just that?
Maybe common-sense is not just the “average level of sensibility” in a population of people. Perhaps common-sense is just a “way of thinking” that is common among a mass of people. Is there a scale of sensibility that has some probability distribution, or is it something you either have or you don’t? Do criteria exist that circumscribes common-sense?
Are great inventions and innovations brought about by the application of common-sense, or is extraordinary sense required to manifest such things? The dictionary defines common-sense as “good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.” So what is meant by the word “sense?” Again turning to the dictionary, we find that “sense” is defined as “the normal ability to think or reason soundly.”
Does this mean that common-sense can be characterized by the norm of a distribution? Does this suggest that common-sense is somehow correlated to a certain range of intelligence? Can a genius possess common-sense? Can a moron possess common-sense? Is common-sense only reserved for commoners?
What are your thoughts, especially where the idea of innovation is concerned?