‘‘ His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothing. Upon my quoting Thomas Carlyle, he inquired in the naïvest way who he might be and what he had done. My surprise reached a climax, however, when I found incidentally that he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the Solar System. That any civilized human being in the nineteenth century should not be aware that the earth travelled round the sun appeared to me to be such an extraordinary fact that I could hardly realize it. ’’  

A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan doyle

#Sherlock Holmes - His limits

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    Started reading this today, as ‘The Complete Sherlock Holmes’ has been laying about and i haven’t had time to read it....
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    This always amused me. I’m kind of sad they didn’t truly go that far with Sherlock in the series.
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    And yet later in the same story, Holmes paraphrases Carlyle when he says, “They say genius is an infinite capacity for...
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