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Daemon
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It was easier to know it than to explain why I knew it. If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
pedro
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 3:47:03 AM

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Here's a starter




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MTC
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 5:31:47 AM
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Here's the context from A Study in Scarlet, Chapter 3 - The Lauriston Garden Mystery. Watson speaks to Holmes:

"How in the world did you deduce that?" I asked.

"Deduce what?" said he, petulantly.

"Why, that he was a retired sergeant of Marines."

"I have no time for trifles," he answered, brusquely; then with a smile, "Excuse my rudeness. You broke the thread of my thoughts; but perhaps it is as well. So you actually were not able to see that that man was a sergeant of Marines?"

"No, indeed."

"It was easier to know it than to explain why I knew it. If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact. Even across the street I could see a great blue anchor tattooed on the back of the fellow's hand. That smacked of the sea. He had a military carriage, however, and regulation side whiskers. There we have the marine. He was a man with some amount of self-importance and a certain air of command. You must have observed the way in which he held his head and swung his cane. A steady, respectable, middle-aged man, too, on the face of him -- all facts which led me to believe that he had been a sergeant."

"Wonderful!" I ejaculated.

"Commonplace," said Holmes, though I thought from his expression that he was pleased at my evident surprise and admiration.

Holme's chain of deductions is not quite so difficult to follow as pedro's proof. (Thank God!)


Bully_rus
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 6:55:40 AM
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It's easily explained, cause according to some reliable sources human being was developed from an animal. Ask dog why he wag his tail? Or cat how she catch a mouse?
GreenBanana
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 12:47:17 PM

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MTC wrote:
"Wonderful!" I ejaculated.


Are you trying to prove that the ruler exists or that its centimeters are accurate?

MTC wrote:
"He was a man with some amount of self-importance..."


Kind of like you, Holmes.

Make every post as if it was the first one in the thread.
Verbatim
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 1:44:46 PM
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Daemon wrote:
It was easier to know it than to explain why I knew it. If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)


Two and two of the same kind make four of the identical one. There is also a difference between inferring and surmising.
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 7:15:48 PM

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Oh, I don't know. In Canada 2 Tory Senators plus 2 Liberal Senators makes 4 Overpaid Idiots.

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Verbatim
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 8:57:43 PM
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They must be identical to each other.
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:15:29 PM

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Nah. One's blue and one's red.

That being said, they should both be embarrassed.

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