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the conventional wisdom

Common knowledge that is held to be true, but may not be. The conventional wisdom says to feed a cold and starve a fever, but that doesn't reflect current medical practice.
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conventional wisdom

A widely held belief on which most people act. For example, According to conventional wisdom, an incumbent nearly always wins more votes than a new candidate . This term was invented by John Kenneth Galbraith, who used it in The Affluent Society (1958) to describe economic ideas that are familiar, predictable, and therefore accepted by the general public. Today it is used in any context where public opinion has considerable influence on the course of events.
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conventional/received ˈwisdom

the view or belief that most people have: Conventional wisdom has it that riots only ever happen in big cities.The term conventional wisdom was first used by the economist John Kenneth Galbraith in his book The Affluent Society.
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I would advise people to stick to organic and conventionally grown fruits," said Nadine.
Uniformity, balance and conicity of tires made with silica masterbatch were monitored over a production period of several months and were equivalent to the results from conventionally mixed stocks.
In most of the organically conventionally grown vegetables, the Enterobacteriaceae count was between 4.
A small number of differences in nutrient content were found to exist between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs, but these are unlikely to be of any public health relevance," said Alan Dangour, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's Nutrition and Public Health Intervention Research Unit, and one of the report's authors.
Several recent studies also suggest that organically grown foods have a higher level of some key nutrients than do conventionally grown foods.
Scientific analysis of retail milk samples gathered from 48 states showed no difference in concentrations of bST, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), progesterone or nutrients in conventionally produced milk and conventionally produced milk labeled as coming from cows not supplemented with POSILAC.
Two separate blocks, one conventionally orthogonal and the other cranked into an aerodynamic prow, are linked and penetrated by internal bridges and routes that break up floorplates into a series of corporate communities.
But I think Klein ignores one important reason for not wanting appointed House members because he is thinking too conventionally.
Gaiter adds: "We discerned no overall difference in price and quality from conventionally made wines.
In a nutshell: Former boy-band singers are accepted on an extremely dodgy concept, suggesting the jig is up and the judges were forced to cast some conventionally attractive faces on the show.
Further, it can conduct synthetic reactions at -30 degrees centigrade; conventionally -70 degrees centigrade was required.
PMA speak out against 'organics hype': The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has attacked what it views as the media bias towards organic produce, dismissing suggestions that the consumption of conventionally grown fresh produce may be detrimental to your health.
The band's history of abrasive guitar noise and odd time signatures is here mostly abandoned for that Lennonesque piano-based sound and conventionally structured songs with gospel and blues-based melodies.
HONOLULU -- Management of acute GI bleeding in patients who for religious or personal reasons refuse blood transfusion is a challenge but can be done, with outcomes equal to those in conventionally treated patients, Irfan Nawaz, M.
Rochester is startlingly contemporary about social themes regarding money, class, gender relations and female individuality, while conventionally 19th century about others (some guaranteed to offend a modern ear).