Not So Common Sense – GSSD-004 Show Notes


In this episode, Christopher Birkinbine discusses the concept of common sense and its subjective nature. He shares quotes from listeners and explores the definition of common sense. The conversation also touches on topics such as decision-making, cognitive biases, and the impact of processed foods on health. It highlights the complexity of health and the importance of moderation in all aspects of life. The discussion also delves into the cultural and regional aspects of common sense, emphasizing the need for understanding and compassion.

Quote of the Week

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen

Albert Einstein

Challenge of the Week

Make a short list of things you consider “common sense” Maybe you see someone lacking it, or maybe you just think to yourself about things you remember being shocked that someone else didn’t know. Now think about your life experiences (the earlier the better) – I think we can all agree that none of us knew much of anything the day we were born. So where did this knowledge come from – could it have be taught directly? by experience? by observance? Remember for next week, and we can chat about it, or let me know in the back channel.

Citations, Sources and References:

1. New Scientist. (2024, April 27). How to get the right balance of omega-3s and omega-6s in your diet. New Scientist. Retrieved 2024, May 03, from

2. Wang DD, Li Y, Chiuve SE, Stampfer MJ, Manson JE, Rimm EB, Willett WC, Hu FB. (2018). Association of specific dietary fats with total and cause-specific mortality. JAMA Internal Medicine, 176(8), 1134-1145.

3. New Scientist One-Day Master Class exploring the forefront of research on the brain and consciousness 22 June 2024 10:00am-5:00pm SAV Theater, New York.

4. Scientific American. (2024, April 24). How unhealthy are ultra-processed foods? Scientific American. Retrieved 2024, May 03, from

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