Recently there have been two Sherlock movies, the Sherlock TV series, the medical show House based loosely on the Sherlock Holmes character, an increase in the sales of Conan Doyle’s books, and there is talk of an American Sherlock Holmes TV series called Elementary. I wonder, is this part of a rational backlash?
In the last decade or so, there has been a rise in mysticism, and magic in fiction. The rational had been rejected or at least put on the back burner. As a science teacher, I see it intensely as the resistance youth have to scientific ideas. “It’s only a theory Miss.” or “I believe in something other than science.”
The Rational movement that had a peak in the sixties fell in the “let it all hang out seventies” rose again briefly in the eighties and early nineties before taking a nose dive in the two-thousands were it has been trampled and jumped up on again and again.
But Sherlock Holmes is a rational character. Conan Doyle actually did not like him completely because he believed more in the mystical. He admitted that Sherlock Holmes did not believe in the existence of the mystical, everything had a rational and logical explanation.
The fact that more and more people are drawn to this character may be a sign that rationalism is on the upswing. Yahoo!