Common Sense

I am sure, most of you have heard the quote on the picture in some form or the other. I first heard it from my physics professor of happy memory. But is common sense always the right sense? Is it an absolute sense or a relative one? I was reading on the relativity of Einstein (too heavily mathematical to get a clear grasp of it, but I got some sense of it) and many of the conclusions are quite not common sensical. The author of the book says that it is good for the children to be introduced to relativity in the early age which is a good encouragement to think completely out of the box, that the imagination can be extremely wild.

When we look at the sun, we see it as rotating around the earth. Physics say something else. When we travel in the bus/train, we see the the buildings, land outside moving behind with respect to us. But the land is stationary. When I am standing on the earth, and see a person in a super-fast rocket (don’t ask me how can you can see him), and if you measure his mass, length of a thing inside and time in the clock, they all decrease or increase according to Einstein’s equations. Strange. Light from a star on its way to the earth bends under the influence of gravitational fields of other planets and other stars. If there was a person in a place which is around 2000 light years (it takes 2000 years for light to reach from here to him) away from us, they would see the crucifixion of a Jesus as a present day event. And we also have miracles of various kinds happening all around us.

AMDGWe have the most interesting phenomena (from my limited knowledge) in Quantum Physics called the quantum entanglement. Einstein calls this phenomena spooky action at a distance

There are many examples where things go against the ordinary common sense. I agree physicists have reasons for many of these events. Miracles also have explanations from religious circles. Explanations and justifications are available only to people who are ready to look in a certain way (whether that is the correct way is questionable).

The problem is common sense (that greatly exalted sense) is really not common to all, but to a group of individuals. Something that appears as common sense to scientist may not appear so for non-scientists. The same manner of thinking could be applied for Christians & Non-Christians, tribals & non-tribals and so on. (I am not getting into the morality of different options). I foresee the challenge that such water-tight compartmentalizations doesn’t exist in real life. We, as humans, have many things in common. I agree to those aspects; I am not saying that no dialogue is possible between the two sides. But some common sensical statements of one sides may not appeal to the other sides. I may not be able to make sense of common-sensical statement of a Hindu entirely based on his religion and vice versa. As we live in a multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-ideological society, we need to consider these aspects so that dialogue and dealings become smoother. An attempt to cross the boundaries and to experience could help us to make a better sense of the common-sensical statements of the differently other.These aspects are extremely significant when judgments have to be made between different streams of thoughts/ideas.


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