It's not all easy though.
Probably the trickiest part to master is the art of seeing through your users' eyes. It's not that hard in essence: it's only empathy. I remember running a user test for the first time, wide-eyed and fidgeting as my test participant completely misunderstood my design. As much as my head empathised, my gut wanted to scream, "Argh! It's obvious! Just use some basic common sense! I had to remind myself that this frustration was good. That it was my design that was broken — not my user. And that my user was showing me exactly how to make my design better. Now I just had to dig for the insights.
How exactly did the user experience it? What was confusing? Why were their expectations different from what I'd anticipated? User testing turned my users into real people that I cared about, instead of faceless zombie throngs annoying my team with pesky requests and complaints. I started stepping into different people's shoes. I experienced different world-views, mental models and outlooks. I understood that everyone interprets and responds to things differently.
I didn't always like their outlooks. I didn't always agree. But I did realise that what I'd always seen as common sense wasn't actually common after all.
Previous attempts to help machines understand the world have focused on building large knowledge databases by hand. This is an unwieldy and essentially never-ending task. The most famous such effort is Cyc , a project that has been in the works for decades. The problem may prove hugely important. A lack of common sense, after all, is disastrous in certain critical situations, and it could ultimately hold artificial intelligence back. Will Knight.
By learning to reflect on a situation before you act, you can train yourself to use common sense before you make any decisions!. Here are a few common sense tips that otherwise clever people If you ever lose your phone, you'll be glad to be able to get in touch with the.
Even the best AI programs still make stupid mistakes. From our advertisers. In his much quoted paper Testing Common Sense he discussed practical intelligence and tacit knowledge in terms of common sense.
Although neither measure related to traditional intelligence scores both were much stronger predictors of job performance and life success. But common sense is much more than problem solving. To reduce common sense down to domain-specific expertise or knowledge is to miss the point. It extends far beyond that, recruiting both meta-knowledge and a discerningability to know which rules and judgements apply in vastly differing circumstances. More common sense would reduce global conflict, improve relationships and develop greater tolerance of the differences between each of us.
Instead we become victims of subtle forces that promote sameness and groupthink. Psychology could contribute much to our understanding of common sense. But to do so it may have to better understand the limitations of scientific methods. To abandon its attachment to 'control' and simplification. Science works because it simplifies the world. Common sense requires that sometimes we will need to complicate things to get sensible, practical, workable answers. The world would be a better place if only common sense was more common. I am also sure that psychology would be a more useful discipline if psychological scientists could take a more common sense view of their own science.
Blinkers are not always good laboratory attire. I consider myself to have a Ph. I work at a University and find common sense rare. Thanks for your comment. Emotional intelligence is, of course, also only a small part of common sense. I am pleased to hear you are keen to keep learning - that not only helps to keep you younger than the years but opens up all manner of options to the open mind.
I too find common sense rare amongst academics given levels of apparent intelligence. It suggests to me that IQ might be a poorer measure of life success than common sense, even though evidence shows IQ helps in some circumstances. George Bernard Shaw has made this comment on it: "Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius. I believe it can be operationalised and therefore, defined.
My blog suggested some basic factors that need to be considered. Nowadays if you try to search any articles relating to common sense and psychology you mostly get articles that bash common sense and tell you how unreliable and wrong it is. Glad to see that there are some that defend common sense from all the flak it's getting, good job!
Very kind of you William. I do think that psychology is losing out because it is failing to take more account of 'common sense'. A scientific approach is essential in psychology. But I hope my blog shows there is often more to a complex problem than can be dealt with immediately by scientific knowledge - indeed science is often misleading about solutions and people rarely consider that aspect I've found that the term "common sense" is used by people who can't articulate a point of view or as an insult "you have no What I think happens is individuals who always need to win or be above others use the term common sense as a way of stating their intelligence because so much of the world must be dumb.
Define "common sense" like how other concepts are defined in a psychological context. Thus far I see all attempts to quantify common sense as being self I'm so smart biased.
No surprise you're an older gentleman, I don't hear too many men under 50 ever even use the term, except some country bumkins I know. And becoming more inclusive improves your happiness and well-being. Habit breaking changes negative thoughts as well as behaviors.