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Literally Psyched

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Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don’t Tangle Two Lines of Thought

Holmes often faults the hapless Watson–and many others who come under his exacting gaze–for a failure to use proper logic. But his admonishments often remain general, noting an overall failure to demonstrate the requisite logical finesse without necessarily taking the time to point out where exactly the reasoner went wrong...

September 16, 2011 — Maria Konnikova

Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: The Power of Public Opinion

I’d like to continue today with the tale of the “Copper Beeches” that we left off last time. The exchange between Holmes and Watson on the nature of country houses does not end with the initial dialogue...

September 13, 2011 — Maria Konnikova

Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Imagination

It’s easy to see Sherlock Holmes as a hard, cold reasoning machine: the epitome of calculating logic. And it’s true. In many ways, the ideal Holmes is almost a precursor to the computer, taking in countless data points as a matter of course, analyzing them with startling precision, and spitting out a solution...

September 2, 2011 — Maria Konnikova

Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Cultivate What You Know to Optimize How You Decide

Today’s lesson from Sherlock Holmes deals with learning to cull and to cultivate knowledge in such a way that your decision process will be optimized for the question at hand, and not get bogged down in irrelevant minutiae – a lesson that is all too relevant in the age of the internet, when we have [...]..

August 26, 2011 — Maria Konnikova

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