My Superpowers are….Elementary

Sherlock Holmes is like a superhero.  He may not be ordained with traditional superpowers like the classic heroes such as Superman and Spiderman, but he uses his abilities to set himself apart from the herd.  Uncle Ben’s immortal words to Peter Parker, “with great power comes great responsibility” ring true when viewed in respect to Holmes.  His power is all intellectual, and he has fostered an immense practical knowledge in order to be able to use his powers for the greater good.  The loving narration of his “side-kick,” Watson, both revels in Holmes’ astounding displays of talent and accepts that once his process has been explained, it seems very simple indeed.
The main difference between Holmes and most superheroes is that his skills are attainable to dedicated students.  Not only that: the wider aspects of thought which back up Holmes’ abilities are useful to people throughout their everyday lives.  Being able to look at advertisements, political campaigns and the claims of other self-promoting charlatans with a critical and rational eye is a non-superpower that is just as valuable today as it was in Holmes’ day.
Unfortunately, for those of us who wish to acquire similar skills to Holmes, we can’t just pray that we are really alien orphans or attempt to get bitten by a radioactive spider.  Developing intellectual powers similar to Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterful hero takes time, and you must train diligently, like an aspiring Bruce Wayne, rather than being automatically catapulted to greatness like Peter Parker or Clark Kent.
Despite all the difficulties in achieving similar skills to Holmes in logic, observation and deduction, taking lessons from the great detective can be of benefit to people from all walks of life.  Puzzles come in many forms, and it would be hard to find a person who didn’t wish to be able to more efficiently solve them.  These puzzles pervade into our existence as people try to hide things from us, or confusing and unexplainable situations arise.  With the skills of Holmes under your belt, you can cut through the fabric of mystery with your laser-vision, and navigate the webs of lies placed before you, constructing the truth along the way.
The need for these skills is prevalent throughout everybody’s lives, and the struggle to unveil deception seems inexorably linked to the instinct for survival.  You need to know when your employer isn’t quite what he seems or when the truth is being shielded from you in order to succeed in life.  People who allow themselves to be blindly led along lose in the Darwinian race.
Holmes’ literal and specific application of his talents may be mainly of interest to detectives and medical professionals, but the underlying ideas are valuable across professions.  Holmes teaches us to question our own assumptions, rely on evidence rather than conjecture, and to think in logical terms.  These skills combined can lead to greatness, and all advances in medicine and general thought are dependent upon rational appraisals of the subject matter.  In a way, the skills Holmes uses in solving the mysteries that are posed to him are the same skills the world needs from their doctors, scientists, and leaders in the future.
It is with this in mind that “The Art of Deduction” has been written.  It is a gift to the Sherlock Holmes fans of the world, and shows what anybody can accomplish if they apply Holmes’ skills in life.  The eBook focuses on the underlying ideas, skills and techniques that are used by Holmes in his cases, and is a guide for anybody who wishes to attain similar skills themselves.  The raw skills are described in detail, and through a detailed analysis of the original Sherlock Holmes stories and novels, you can learn how to use Holmes’ mental superpowers in your chosen field.  Luckily, there isn’t an equivalent to kryptonite that works on rationality and logic; once the skills have been learnt they will be beneficial to you for the remainder of your life.  The Sherlock Holmes stories are a series of excellently framed lessons in rationality and logical thinking, and “The Art of Deduction” compiles those lessons into a concise guide.

Posted on Jan. 3rd 2012 12:18 AM | by MagicRai | in Deduction, General | 6 Comments »
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  • Sherlock

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  • Clara O.

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  • Clara O.

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