The Enduring Allure Of Sherlock Holmes

Michael Saler believes that the famous detective, starring in a new BBC series, enchants our rational world:

In the modern age, reason is often seen to be the panacea for our ills, but it can also be the source of them. Rationality seems to "disenchant" the world, removing the elements of wonder, surprise, and purpose that allegedly characterized the "premodern" world. … [Holmes] made critical thinking into a romantic adventure. Through his discerning eye, every detail of modern life, from newspaper advertisements to the footsteps of a giant hound, became charged with meaning, possibility, and wonder.

David Banks commends the show for seamlessly incorporating technology into its plot lines: "The technology gives us useful information, but it cannot solve the crime." Maria Konnikova takes note of Sherlock's uncanny observations:

Our senses–and here I don't just mean vision; I mean all of them, touch, hearing, smell, taste–are powerful forces. Every day, countless items, some glanced, or heard, or felt, or smelled only briefly–perhaps without ever registering in our consciousness–affect our minds and play into our decisions.