Mastermind

Mastermind

How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Book - 2013
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Penguin Putnam
The New York Times bestselling guide to thinking like literature's greatest detective. "Steven Pinker meets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" (Boston Globe), by the author of The Confidence Game

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.



Baker & Taylor
Draws on neuroscience and psychology studies while analyzing the deductive strategies used by the character of Sherlock Holmes to suggest how to promote mental strength, clearer observation, and effective problem-solving.

Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2013
ISBN: 9780143124344
014312434X
Branch Call Number: 153.4 Kon
Characteristics: xiv, 273 p. : ill

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DMS0143
May 28, 2016

I enjoy Maria Konnikova's occasional excerpts on the Slate podcast The Gist, so was excited when my hold on this book came through. This book uses Sherlock Holmes as a conceit to demonstrate methods to improve memory skills, observation skills, and critical thinking skills. It's well researched, moves quickly, and contains some funny anecdotes as well. It's also made me want to reread the Sherlock Holmes stories.

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NFN
Jun 28, 2014

Thinking, Fast and Slow is much better. Don't waste your time on Mastermind.

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stewstealth
Jun 08, 2014

This book is about brain processes with some lessons on improving how you think. Too many references to Sherlock Holmes novels make this more difficult to read then if the science was more overtly detailed. Still worth reading if you are interested in the subject.

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smichal
Aug 31, 2013

couldn't really get into it

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kelliyfults
Aug 06, 2013

love steven pinker, malcolm gladwell, etc. thought this would be more about the general workings of the mind: observation, memory, connection. Too many references to Sherlock Holmes' stories! Perhaps if you are a really BIG fan of Holmes and Watson???

johnf108 Mar 24, 2013

If you liked this book, you might like 'The Numbers Behind Numb3rs' about the cases in the CBS series and additional mathematics in crime solving.

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