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Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: From Perspective-Taking to Empathy

Last week, I wrote about the importance of perspective-taking. This week, I'd like to continue with one of its close relatives, a state that would indeed be largely impossible without its existence: empathy.Empathy, a concept originally introduced as Einfühlung by Theodore Lipps, is a state that allows us to share in the experiences and mental states of others...

October 25, 2011 — Maria Konnikova

Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don't Judge a Man by His Face

How do we perceive someone we've only just met? How do we judge him, assign him to some sort of category in our mind, explain to ourselves what he is and what he is likely to be?In “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder,” Dr...

October 11, 2011 — Maria Konnikova

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: 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
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