sherlock holmes on the neglect of analytical reasoning

In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backward.That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practise it much. In the everyday affairs of life it is more useful to reason forward, and so the other comes to be neglected. There are fifty who can reason synthetically for one who can reason analytically.” – Sherlock Holmes, A Study In Scarlet

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