I’m not a big Sherlock Holmes fan. Some of the stories are amusing, but I never really warmed to the character. (I do like Arthur Conan Doyle’s science fiction and suspense stories, but that’s a separate conversation).
Anyway, about Sherlock Holmes. He used to have a saying that “Passion was the enemy of precision.” And it can be, certainly.
But other things are enemies of precision, too. One of them is more insidious than passion. It is delusion.
What is delusion?
Delusion is the failure or inability to see the reality that is before our eyes. Delusion is the blocking out of information that does not conform to our pre-existing beliefs.
Delusion is all to common. It can be a killer.