More Common Sense Measures for Common Issues
Tuesday, September 13th, 2017 at 9 pm EST, Kevin Cook of The Kevin Cook Show along with co-host Heidi Hollis returns with conservative radio talk show host Bryan Crabtree to discuss the pitfalls of politicizing common sense measures for common issues that affect our national security, financial stability, and general well being.
Bryan Crabtree began broadcasting at WDBL in Springfield, TN in 1993 while attending Springfield High School. After hosting an afternoon program for more than a year, he moved his radio career to Nashville’s Award Winning WSIX, “The Big 98″ where he produced Hollywood Nights (nominated for 1996 Country Music Assocation Large Market Host of the Year); While in Nashville, Crabtree simultaneously hosted a Sunday show syndicated on more than 250 Christian Radio Stations. Crabtree hosted mornings on WPZM in Hunstville, AL before moving to Memphis for Heritage WGKX as Production Director and on-air talent.
While in Memphis, Crabtree was charged with revamping the production and continuity departments and was honored with the M.A.R.S. Award in 1997 for the most creative commercial production. Crabtree later moved to Charleston, SC for the launch of WNKT, Cat Country 107.5 for Citadel Broadcasting and began producing for Hollywood Productions and other clients for national copy and radio imaging. Crabtree, known as “Catfish Cody” was the afternoon host and Assistant Program Director in 1998 when the station moved, in two ratings books, from number 14 to number 4 market-wide in the key demo. In 2000, Bryan Crabtree began, what would become a successful real estate brokerage, while remaining in radio for Hertiage Talker, WTMA in Charleston as a weekend and fill in host; a position he held for 13 years.
In May 2013, he began hosting mornings on Simulcast Talker WQSC 1340 and AM950, The Voice. Bryan is now the Live afternoon host on Atlanta’s Biz1190 from 4-6pm weekdays and airing again on AM 920 The Answer from 9-11pm. His real estate show with his wife, Mackenzie Crabtree can be heard on Saturday at 9am on AM920 The Answer and Noon on Sunday on Biz 1190. Additionally, his Crabtree Chronicle (focusing on local Atlanta issues) is heard throughout the day on AM 920 The Answer. – http://www.thebryancrabtreeshow.com/
The Lengthy and Nerdy Explanation of Common Sense
Common sense is a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things that are shared by (“common to”) nearly all people and can reasonably be expected of nearly all people without need for debate.
The everyday understanding of common sense derives from philosophical discussion involving several European languages. Related terms in other languages include Latin sensus communis, Greek κοινὴ αἴσθησις (koinē aísthēsis), and French bon sens, but these are not straightforward translations in all contexts. Similarly in English, there are different shades of meaning, implying more or less education and wisdom: “good sense” is sometimes seen as equivalent to “common sense”, and sometimes not.
“Common sense” has at least two specifically philosophical meanings. One is a capability of the animal soul (Greek psukhē) proposed by Aristotle, which enables different individual senses to collectively perceive the characteristics of physical things such as movement and size, which all physical things have in different combinations, allowing people and other animals to distinguish and identify physical things. This common sense is distinct from basic sensory perception and from human rational thinking, but cooperates with both. The second special use of the term is Roman-influenced and is used for the natural human sensitivity for other humans and the community. Just like the everyday meaning, both of these refer to a type of basic awareness and ability to judge that most people are expected to share naturally, even if they can not explain why.
All these meanings of “common sense”, including the everyday one, are inter-connected in a complex history and have evolved during important political and philosophical debates in modern western civilisation, notably concerning science, politics and economics. The interplay between the meanings has come to be particularly notable in English, as opposed to other western European languages, and the English term has become international.
In modern times the term “common sense” has frequently been used for rhetorical effect, sometimes pejorative, and sometimes appealed to positively, as an authority. It can be negatively equated to vulgar prejudice and superstition, or on the contrary it is often positively contrasted to them as a standard for good taste and as the source of the most basic axioms needed for science and logic. It was at the beginning of the eighteenth century that this old philosophical term first acquired its modern English meaning: “Those plain, self-evident truths or conventional wisdom that one needed no sophistication to grasp and no proof to accept precisely because they accorded so well with the basic (common sense) intellectual capacities and experiences of the whole social body” This began with Descartes’ criticism of it, and what came to be known as the dispute between “rationalism” and “empiricism”.
In the opening line of one of his most famous books, Discourse on Method, Descartes established the most common modern meaning, and its controversies, when he stated that everyone has a similar and sufficient amount of common sense (bon sens), but it is rarely used well. Therefore, a skeptical logical method described by Descartes needs to be followed and common sense should not be overly relied upon. In the ensuing 18th century Enlightenment, common sense came to be seen more positively as the basis for modern thinking. It was contrasted to metaphysics, which was, like Cartesianism, associated with the ancien régime. Thomas Paine’s polemical pamphlet Common Sense (1776) has been described as the most influential political pamphlet of the 18th century, affecting both the American and French revolutions. Today, the concept of common sense, and how it should best be used, remains linked to many of the most perennial topics in epistemology and ethics, with special focus often directed at the philosophy of the modern social sciences. – credit
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