By Shane Parrish
October 26, 2015
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Shane Parrish writes Farnam Street

Peter Bevelin’s first book, Seeking Wisdom from Darwin to Munger, is a one of the best books you’ve never heard of. He’s just released another book, A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes (Kindle), aimed at those who want to improve their thinking.

I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, and Peter is not the first person to explore the wisdom that can be drawn.

Maria Konnikova’s book, Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes, takes a deep look at Sherlock Holmes’s methodology to develop the habits of mind that will allow us to mindfully engage the world.

Peter’s book is shorter and encourages you to draw your own conclusions. He’s distilled Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective Sherlock Holmes into principles and quotes.

Let’s look at some of the lessons Bevelin brings to our attention.

“What distinguishes Holmes from most mortals,” Bevelin writes, “is that he knows where to look and what questions to ask. He pays attention to the important things and he knows where to find them.”

Many ideas over a wide range of disciplines helps us gain perspective

The memory attic

So says the statistician

Knowledge doesn’t make us wise

One of the best things about Peter is how he adds outsiders to the mix. He inserts this quote from Montaigne:

Never jump to conclusions

Don’t theorize before data

Make sure facts are facts

Don’t miss the forest for the trees

Small things may be important

What we see

Take time to think things over

Peter’s books tend to become very hard to find a few months after they are released. Used editions often sell well above cover price, so if you’re interested, I’d encourage you to order A Few Lessons From Sherlock Holmes today.

This piece originally appeared on Farnam Street.

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