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Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

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By (author) Maria Konnikova

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 273 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 22mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2013
  • ISBN 10: 014312434X
  • ISBN 13: 9780143124344
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 17,985

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The "New York Times "bestselling guide to thinking like literature's greatest detective 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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Maria Konnikova's articles have appeared online and in print in the "New Yorker," the "Atlantic," the "New York Times, Slate, " the" New Republic, " the "Paris Review, " the "Wall Street Journal, Salon, " the "Boston Globe, "the "Observer, "the "Scientific American MIND, WIRED, "and the "Scientific American," among numerous other publications. Maria blogs regularly for the "New Yorker" and formerly wrote the "Literally Psyched" column for the "Scientific American" and the popular psychology blog "Artful Choice" for Big Think. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied psychology, creative writing, and government, and received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.

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"An entertaining blend of Holmesiana and modern-day neuroscience." --"New York Times" "Maria Konnikova, a science writer and graduate student in psychology, has crafted a clearly written guide to the mysteries of logical deduction." --"Dallas"" Morning News" "Steven Pinker meets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in this entertaining, insightful look at how the fictional London crime-solver used sophisticated mental strategies to solve complex problems of logic and deduction... This practical, enjoyable book, packed with modern science and real-life examples, shows you how to get your inner Holmes on and is worth at least a few hours of pipe-smoking reflection in a comfortable leather chair." --"Boston"" Globe" "The book is part literary analysis and part self-help guide, teaching readers how to sharpen the ways they observe the world, store and retrieve memories, and make decisions." --"Scientific American" ""Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes" is fascinating from cover to cover -- highly recommended." --Brain Pickings "Your favorite mental short-cuts and slip-ups are all here. But Ms. Konnikova finds an ingenious delivery system. Holmes and Watson, she shows, respectively personify our rational and intuitive modes of thought. In story after story, taking the time to think carefully allows Holmes to school his slack-jawed sidekick." --"The Wall Street Journal" "The book is part literary analysis and part self-help guide, teaching readers how to sharpen the ways they observe the world, store and retrieve memories, and make decisions." --"Scientific American" "The fast-paced, high-tech world we inhabit may be more complex than Sherlock Holmes's Baker Street, but we can still leverage the mental strategies of the renowned reasoner...Forcing the mind to observe, imagine and deduce can make the brain more precise--important for solving cases or simply staying sharp as we age."