The Art of Deduction - A Sherlock Holmes Collection - Colour Edition by Hannah Rogers (4 star ratings)
Sherlock Holmes and the Tools of Deduction
If there's one spy skill we all envy, it's the Sherlock Holmes-like ability to quickly read a situation and come up with a theory that explains it like the toothpaste stain that reveals your co-worker overslept, or the nervous twitch that shows your friend drank too much. Luckily, anyone can hone these same skills, and it isn't that hard. Here's how to do it. Observing people and situations is an incredibly valuable tool. It gives you the ability to notice subtle cues during conversations, job interviews, presentations, and anywhere else so you can react to situations more tactfully. To figure out how to train your brain for Sherlock Holmes-esque intuition, I spoke with journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova, author of the upcoming book Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes. The two core values of Holmes' skills are simple: observation and deduction.
Let's agree to the fact that we are familiar with Sherlock Holmes and are aware of his methods of deductive reasoning. Those who have read Sherlock Holmes or have seen the character on TV are sure to have been impressed by his methods of abductive reasoning. Deducing one's occupation only by observing his or her hands or any other piece of material is no easy thing and requires high input of logic and experience. Traditionally, detectives only depended on clues to solve mysteries. They looked for the mistakes a criminal usually makes while committing a crime, and hoped that these would leave a trail of bread crumbs leading directly to the culprit. This particular method of solving crimes was very clumsy and often led to the arrest of innocents. There was little chance of catching seasoned criminals since they left no or an extremely complex trail.
Holmes was well-versed in forensic science before there was a forensic science to be well versed in. In his first adventure with Dr. John Watson, A Study in Scarlet , Watson himself enumerates the skills, talents, and interests in which Holmes exhibited a useful capacity. Forensic scientist and Holmes scholar Dr. But knowledge by itself is not enough.
Pay attention to the basics.
Most of the books that I chose, or am asked to review, are pastiches or books by authors who have studied the many adventures Holmes and I had together. It is a very well-researched book which quotes frequently and accurately from my stories to present the key skills that anyone wishing to emulate the Great Detective will need to master. Rai tells me that in writing the book he began to realise the possibilities if the average person could acquire even a modicum of the skill possessed by Holmes. In many of our adventures together the most complicated problem turns out in the end to have an absurdly simple solution. Rai suggests that we can all learn from Holmes and that with the application of a little logic, rationality and observation, we can solve problems in our own lives without resorting to help from others.