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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: 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

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 a constant stream of information at our beck and call...

August 26, 2011 — Maria Konnikova
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