You can’t build Sherlock’s mind palace using logic alone

You can’t build Sherlock’s mind palace using logic alone

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most powerful characters in fiction. His talents are almost wasted solving crime. I guess that’s why, in the BBC version especially, Mycroft kept trying to strong-arm into being a spy for the crown.

And one of his greatest strengths (again, in the BBC version) is his mind palace. For regular folk, it’s an effective memory technique. You probably know how it works – probably better than I do.

Sherlock takes it further than that, though.

He uses it to control his body, staving off shock after taking a bullet.

And he uses it to slow time, letting him solve a Victorian-era crime – months of work – in minutes.

No matter what version of Sherlock you follow, he’s capable of incredible mental feats.

The fascinating thing is the epitome of logic and deduction can’t do this with logic alone.

Logic lets you follow the bouncing ball.

If X, then Y.

If Y, then Z.

But unless those balls are subatomic particles and you can track all of them, you can’t ‘logic’ your way into simulating a whole world. You need creativity, intuition, instinct and self-awareness to bring this sort of super mind palace to life.

Maybe you shouldn’t listen to me. I once tried to build a memory palace – the regular kind – to memorise random numbers. After weeks of work and a few days from finishing, I gave up on it.

That’s why I admire anyone even thinking about memory palaces right now. I know how hard it is – for me, at least.

(And if you have any advice on creating them, I’d love to hear it.)

Even so, I have a few humble insights about Sherlock’s super mind palace.

Because you don’t have to know how to bake to taste the maple syrup in these brownies.

And I’m sure you know more than you know, too, right?

Now I think of it, Sherlock is not the only one to use a mind palace like this. In the Arkham games, Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter and Ra’s al Ghul all attack Batman’s mind. He fights them off by going somewhere deep inside his thoughts and beating them up.

Two figures worthy of the title of the world’s greatest detective, both capable of using their minds like this.

Have you always aspired to become stronger?

Have you ever trained your mind to be as observant, powerful and indestructible as Bruce Wayne’s and Sherlock Holmes’?

If you have, here’s the ingredient you were missing. It’s the part that’s beyond logic because if you want to delve deep into your mind, you need to master your unconscious.

And the best way to master it is by learning self-hypnosis. You enter a trance state with you fully in control, exploring your inner mind however you want to.

Because the amount of time distortion, creativity and dissociation these heroes experience…

Well, there’s no way they’re not in a self-hypnotic trance.

Now I admit, some of these techniques are simple and easy to learn. But to master self-hypnosis takes time, hard work and patience.

Put in the work and you will do things with self-hypnosis I never even dreamed of. And, who knows, you might just crack the secrets to creating your own super mind palaces.

Like all great endeavours, it starts from a humble place, a small investment and the right decision:

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