Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes

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Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes

by Maria Konnikova

Penguin Books | December 31, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: December 31, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014312434X

ISBN - 13: 9780143124344

Found in: Health and Well Being

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Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes

by Maria Konnikova

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: December 31, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014312434X

ISBN - 13: 9780143124344

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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.

About the Author

Maria Konnikova is a writer living in New York City. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology at Columbia University. 

Editorial Reviews

“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.” —
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