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Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes - Maria Konnikova
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
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No fictional character is more renowned for his powers of thought and observation than Sherlock Holmes. But is his extraordinary intellect merely a gift of fiction, or can we learn to cultivate these abilities ourselves, to improve our lives at work and at home? We can, says psychologist and... show more
No fictional character is more renowned for his powers of thought and observation than Sherlock Holmes. But is his extraordinary intellect merely a gift of fiction, or can we learn to cultivate these abilities ourselves, to improve our lives at work and at home? We can, says psychologist and journalist Maria Konnikova, and in Mastermind she shows us how. Beginning with the "brain attic"--Holmes's metaphor for how we store information and organize knowledge--Konnikova unpacks the mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper insights. Drawing on twenty-first-century neuroscience and psychology, Mastermind explores Holmes's unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation, and logical deduction. In doing so, it shows how each of us, with some self-awareness and a little practice, can employ these same methods to sharpen our perceptions, solve difficult problems, and enhance our creative powers. For Holmes aficionados and casual readers alike, Konnikova reveals how the world's most keen-eyed detective can serve as an unparalleled guide to upgrading the mind.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780670026579 (0670026573)
ASIN: 0670026573
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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demerson19
demerson19 rated it
4.0 Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
Maria Konnikova's title to her book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, makes it sound like a self-help book. Instead, between the covers we find a exploration of how our brain works, with Sherlock Holmes as our recurring role model.I'm a long-time Holmes fan, and thinking like Holmes se...
Crystal Starr Light, Raging Snarky Stormtrooper Pony
Crystal Starr Light, Raging Snarky Stormtrooper Pony rated it
3.0
Sherlock Holmes is the epitome of the mystery genre and the private detective. He uses his senses, his expansive knowledge, and his cunning skill to seek out the truth behind the crimes that come to his door. But what goes on in Sherlock Holmes mind? How does he think? And can we get anywhere ne...
What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment
What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment rated it
4.0
Basically, who doesn't want to have the same super powers as Sherlock Holmes? Being able to look at someone and tell everything about them is pretty neat, and Sherlock Holmes can use this for his extra special career of consulting detective. Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes is an effort...
katiewilkins186
katiewilkins186 rated it
4.0 Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
Can you learn to think like Sherlock Holmes? Drawing on both anecdotes from Holmes stories and exciting studies in psychology, author Maria Konnikova suggests ways in which you can. She’s clearly familiar with and enthusiastic about both her topics – Homes and the psychology behind his way of thinki...
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