Compiling List of Common Sense Truisms
November 25, 2008 1:15 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to compile a comprehensive list of "common sense" truisms, conventional beliefs we take as axiomatic. Does anyone know any sources of truisms, proverbs, maxims and related common sense beliefs? Feel free to contribute such notions from your own domain or area of expertise!
posted by adamrobinson to human relations (26 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Hey Fellow Metafilterians. I'm compiling a list of common sense notions about the world or about human beings or about situations or whatever. NOT in the form of cliches (like a rolling stone gathers no moss) but that embody our "common sense" view of the world (or people).
Here are some random examples:
* The shortest distance between two lines is a straight point.
* People are motivated by rewards (or punishments).
* The more a product or service costs, the lower the demand for it.
* To lose weight, an organism must consumer fewer calories.
My ultimate purpose is to hold these truisms to the harsh light of a sustained examination and see whether they are actually tenable, and if not when they fail. First, of course, I need to compile them.
Thanks so much!!