Sherlock Holmes on The Importance of a Blank Mind

[…] “Shall I go for the police?”
We must define the situation a little more clearly. It may bear some more innocent interpretation. (Holmes; The Red Circle)

We approached the case…with an absolutely blank mind, which is always an advantage. We had formed no theories. We were there simply to observe and to draw inferences from our observations. (Holmes; The Cardboard Box)

I have not all my facts yet, but I do not think there are any insuperable difficulties. Still, it is an error to argue in front of your data. You find yourself insensibly twisting them round to fit your theories. (Holmes; Wisteria Lodge)

The point is a simple one, but the Inspector had overlooked it because he had started with the supposition that these county magnates had had nothing to do with the matter. Now, I make a point of never having any prejudices, and of following docilely wherever fact may lead me. (Holmes; The Reigate Squire)

Excerpt from A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes by Peter Bevelin

Show Comments