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Think like Sherlock Holmes

Think like Sherlock Holmes

“What Sherlock Holmes offers isn’t just a way of solving a crime. It is an entire way of thinking."

"Holmes provides... an education in improving our faculty of mindful thought and in using it in order to accomplish more, think better, and decide more optimally." - Ellen Langer

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Daniel Kahneman believes there are two systems for organizing and filtering knowledge: 

As children, we are remarkably aware to the world around us. This attention wanes over time as we allow more pressing responsibilities to attend to and demands on our minds to address. And as the demands on our attention increase so, too, does our actual attention decrease.

As Holmes tells Watson, “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.”

Attention is a limited resource. Paying attention to one thing necessarily comes at the expense of another.

Before we include something in our brain attic we must first observe it.

To think we also need distance.

"To cultivate our knowledge actively, we need to realize that items are being pushed into our attic space at every opportunity. "

Habit and motivation. Become an expert of sorts at those types of decisions or observation that you want to excel at making.

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