How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes Mastermind by Maria Konnikova

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The New York Times bestselling guide to thinking like literatures 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 Òbrain atticÓÑHolmesÕs metaphor for how we store information and organize knowledgeÑKonnikova unpacks the mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper insights. Drawing on twenty-first-century neuroscience and psychology, Mastermind explores HolmesÕs 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 worldÕs most keen-eyed detective can serve as an unparalleled guide to upgrading the mind.