>>16925592 Almost impossible. He sees brick dust on someones shoe and callouses on their hands then thinks a bricklayer. It really could be that he walked through a construction site and his callouses are from jerking off too much.
>>16925728 except Holmes isn't actually using deductive reasoning, he's using abductive reasoning.
He's inferring a cause from an observed result; it is important to note that if one makes an inference to the most likely explanation you do have a decent chance at being right, but you'll have the odd result like the masturbatory bricklayer discussed by the anons above.
>>16925592 OP i wondered the same thing at one point. You dont need to be psychic, and you dont need to be a savant. Two things you can do to improve your deductive processes is 1. Become a jack of all trade. Learn a little about everything. You dont need to be an expert on any one thing just be good at everything. 2. Notice things. Make a game out of it. Look at a mark on the floor and try to determine how it got there. Listen to every little noise. Think about everything your senses experience. It can be done
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