Anonymous asked: WHERE ARE YOU? I LOVED YOUR BLOG AND THEN YOU DISAPPEAR? UGHH.... </3
I’m around. I’m currently doing a writers workshop hopefully to improve my craft here. I’ve still got some more notes on the art of deductive reasoning to write out as well.
Either way, I apologize for my absence, and I’ll make a post really soon about using imagination to make the leap between observation and deduction.
Thanks for writing!
I’ve finished the Mastermind book, and I’ve taken some notes. I’m reviewing them now, but what I’ve gathered is a process of using observation, imagination and finally, deduction. This can be used for anything from solving a mystery (for fun or if one falls into your lap) or even something as simple as decision making.
“Your fatal habit of looking at everything from the point of view of a story instead of a scientific exercise has ruined what might have been an instructive and even classical series of demonstrations.” -Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Abbey Grange
I’ll present part one of my notes on Observation (with a capital O) here.
-determine what information is useful and what is irrelevant or inconsequential.
-avoid making judgements, assumptions, or associations, this comes later. for now, just look and absorb the raw data.
-keep your observations clean and selective.
-if someone is with you, speak aloud about your observations. just the act of saying it forces you to think about it in a new way. they may also have perspective and even if they’re wrong, it may jog your mind to a new conclusion. let them be your “conductor of light.”
-know your biases and weaknesses before you go into observational modes. don’t let them color your observation falsely based on your past experiences with people, places or objects, particularly those you’ve strongly liked or disliked.
If you have anything to add, I’d love to hear it.