>>7808386 Sherlock Holmes had an uncanny sense of remembering small details. Like Jack Reacher.
So Sherlock Holmes gathered all these details and observations and applied regular-ass human logic an intuition (intuition is just logic we don't know the logic of) and arrived to a conclusion and solved mysteries.
Jack Reacher gathered all these small details and observations and comes to a conclusion then he goes and just fucking kills them all.
The only thing important here is that the ability to observe and gather information is the bottleneck for deduction. You can only form accurate ideas with accurate information, so intelligence relies on information gathering. The analysis from information come naturally to humans, it's why we're running the world.
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The reason Holmes was such a genius and could figure the littlest things out was because the stories were all planned so that he not only would, but he would impress you.
That sort of person isn't realistic.
What's more realistic is someone like House or Columbo, when it comes to watching smart people figure things out.
Sherlock Holmes is a dude who basically has a photographic memory and an IQ so high his brain can just automatically see connections between things and deduce the correct conclusion from many potential combinations of information. People like him are stupid to read about and not realistic. Don't worry about trying to be like him.
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