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Unformatted text preview: Conclusion Why Do Conventional Wisdoms Persist? ove knows no reason. . . . Beauty is only skin deep. . . . Honesty is the best policy. . . . Education is the great equalizer. These statements represent just a few of the conven- tional wisdoms that we so often hear throughout our lives. In the introduction to this book, we noted that many of these adages contain some elements of truth. Within certain settings or under certain conditions, conventional wisdom can prove accurate.Yet throughout Second Thoughts, we have also noted that social reality is generally much more involved and much more complex than conventional wisdom would have us believe. Traditional adages and popular sayings rarely provide us with a complete picture of the broader social world. Knowing this, one might ask why individuals continue to embrace conventional wisdom. Given the limited usefulness of such assertions and tenets, why do such adages persist? The Positive Functions of Conventional Wisdom Conventional wisdom represents a people’s attempt at “knowing.” Such adages promise some insight into what is actually occurring. In this way,a culture's conventional wisdom comes to serve a variety of positive social functions; conventional wisdom can induce many produce tive outcomes for those who invoke them. Here, we speak specifically to five positive social functions served by conventional wisdom. I First, by providing an explanation for an unexpected or mysterious occurrence, converr tionul wisdom helps social members confront the unknown and dispel thefenr the unknown can generate. 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