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A little bit like Sherlock, a little bit like Dirk

I always like to look at pop or literature icons as a way of referencing certain interesting characteristics or conclusions. It is a short, simple, and effective way of coming across with complex ideas in ways that do not seem so complicated.

For example, whenever I teach my course or I give a lecture, I usually talk about the need of any inquisitive and creative mind to think a little bit like Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock, the super sleuth, concentrates Socratic logic, and puts in very practical terms the impact that deep observation, careful reasoning, and the use of hypotheses will have on any issue. This method helps to open up horizons not seen until then, while paying attention to indicia and actual evidentiary proof.

As many already know, author (and physician) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, based his character on a doctor and professor named Joseph Bell.

Bell was famous at the time for his deductive reasoning and his amazing accuracy in coming up with information about, not only his patients´ illnesses, but also their nationality, family, work, activities, customs and other personal data that was not available to him. All this from simple observation.

Conan Doyle decided that all the mystery stories that were popular at the time showed detectives which, for some non-explicated reason, would come up with clues and resolutions. He decided that it would be great for a detective to use the same techniques that Bell used, and decided to publish the investigator´s adventures.

The actual way in which the Strand´s short stories became famous is, by itself, a great example of how a new concept or idea gets accepted by a difficult market, and how a combination of doing the hard work, plus the influence exerted by a necessary dose of luck, will get you closer to success. I would also recommend you read the many articles written about this for inspiration.

But with time, and as I finetuned my understanding of facts and theories, I decided that it was not enough to be like Sherlock. Part of the answer to any conundrum will be elucidated from the diagnostic threesome that is made up by “Observe carefully, deduce shrewdly, and confirm with evidence.” But there is much more to life than that.

Amongst other things, there is a holistic approach to problem solving, or project building, or market conquering which goes beyond the closeness of solutions based on observation, no matter how accute or accurate.

That is where another, albeit lesser known, pop culture detective comes along to offer a different perspective.

Many of you may follow the adventures of “Dirk Gently, holistic detective agency” on Netflix. This is a crazy mix of mistery, philosophy, sci-fi, super powers, psychological thriller, and organic detecting which kind of rounds up a series of characteristics that the original Conan Doyle creation missed.

The basis for this crazy adventure is that there are things we do not understand, but that nevertheless, are important even without us working out what they are for, or where do they fit into our story. The reasoning is that everything seems to be connected with everything else in life. It is just a matter of time, or sleuthing, or mind opening, or a combination of those -and other characteristics and actions- which will get those unusual, almost unfitting events, to fit in.

And this combination is almost magic.

It puts Sherlocks ideas, well characterized by psychologist and journalist Maria Konnikova’s book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (Viking), as his “natural skepticism and inquisitiveness toward the world”, and his critical, analytical, and hellbent passion to solve all those questions that seem to remain unsolved in front of him, right alongside Gently´s curiosity, his peaceful acceptance of facts that are not yet resolved, and his search for the connectors that will show how that, which he yet cannot fathom, fits into the universal grid of life.

Dirk Gently, like Sherlock, normally lacks desperation to the point of causing desperation in everyone around him. But he realizes that no matter where he is, and as satisfying as it may feel, there is always somewhere else where things will make even more sense, or perhaps, just sense. He doesn´t look for clues all the time. He realizes that sometimes, if he waits, clues will find him instead.

My recommendation then, besides brushing up on books and movies on Mr. Holmes and his bumbling companion Dr. Watson, is to also have a look at Dirk Gently (you will have fun while doing it), and give him a chance to show you how a combination of answers and alternative views will usually result in a richer and more satisfying result, than those conclusions which are reached by concentrating just on a single theory.

In any case, and as always, it is a matter of training your brain to think in new ways, to explore new concepts, to connect the dots, and to come up with logical conclusions -and some illogical ones as well-. It is a matter of accepting that life, if anything, does not always make sense right away.

 

Until next time

Ignacio

 

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You might as well leave this for later…or perhaps not

I wasn´t sure whether to write this. I thought about it and then it felt it was not the right time, or the right place. Maybe tomorrow, or later if I need to do it fast.

The truth is that we all need to mature ideas, and get them to the point of inflection where they become more than just ideas. And for that we need time. Or do we?

In any case, before we consider this, first we may need to get to that book someone recommended as a great inspirational read. Better yet, before that there is a YouTube video we can watch and which will summarize everything, opening our apetite for knowledge, no doubt.

And as long as we are talking about appetite, we may be hungry by now so why not better get something to eat and come back to this afterwards…or after a siesta perhaps?

Anyhow, even while having a bite, how about watching Tim Urban talk about the fact that procrastination doesn’t make sense, while he explains that he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done.

You, me, and most of us will feel in familiar ground somehow by watching this funny and insightful talk from TED Vancouver in 2016.

And if you never had a chance to have a look at this subject, let´s just say that you kept putting it off perhaps, this may be a great opportunity to get on track again.

 

Until next time

Ignacio

 

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IF YOU THINK YOU ALREADY KNOW, LOOK AGAIN

Reality is a construction. What we see, we see through a series of “intermediaries”. Senses much like a security video camera, a concert speaker, a microphone and other electronic sensors that we already have commonly available.

As an artist I am keenly aware that color is refractive. Thus according to the amount and type of light I have in front of me, colors and shapes will change (more colors than shapes, but those will too). In other words, we redefine the world by modifying our capacity to see. We are part of an ecosystem that is constantly moving and forcing us to modify our focus with it.

It means that everything is quite relative as each one of us creates our reality based in short term memory “bursts” of schemas, photos that make up a nice little movie that will most probably, but not necessarily, become long term memory.

From the same accident scene, 10 people looking at it will “record” in their memories 10 different movies. People will incorporate things that others have not seen, and many times, things that were never there.

As a synesthetic artist, I already “see” what I hear. This TED lecture, from 2009, by Beau Lotto plays with your vision, your perceptivity of sound, other senses, and your brain, thus spotlighting what you can’t normally see: how your brain works.

I hope you enjoy this fun perception of what’s really out there.

Until next time

Ignacio

 

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