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Detective Robert Goren of Law and Order: Criminal Intent is often compared to Sherlock Holmes and draws on experience in the US Army as a criminal investigator.

He knows facts from a huge variety of subjects, and he cites them readily during cases. Where is he purported to have learned all of this information? He's obviously well read, but is there any evidence that he has formal training in any of these areas (like physics or literature -- we know that he does have some knowledge of psychology/psychiatry from his mother's treatment for schizophrenia)?

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Besides just being a well read guy, his former mentor Declan Gage (who is involved in at least two episodes, one being the great final of the 7th season) is a profiling expert (or even pioneer), which explains his excellent knowledge in profiling and psychology.

Other than that I don't think he has been anything else than an investigator, or at least I cannot remember it to be stated in the show at any point. But he sure was in college.

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I'm catching up on seasons now, so I've only heard of this character. Something to look forward to! – jonsca Jan 26 '12 at 12:49
@jonsca He also makes an appearance in a much earlier episode, which is a very good one, too. – Napoleon Wilson Jan 26 '12 at 12:59
He doesn't seem to be too interested in the more physical pursuits - and when you're not busy getting drunk or "busy", it's impressive the amount of time you have to read. – Wayne Werner Jul 9 '12 at 21:58

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