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Editorial Reviews. Review. "Entertaining blend of Holmesiana and modern-day neuroscience. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Science & Math. 'You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear'. Such were the words of the master detective Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson, as he. Such were the words of the master detective Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson, as he noted how his friend failed to implement Holmes' techniques. In "How to think .

Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. See if you have enough points for this item. Sign in. The distinction is clear'. Such were the words of the master detective Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson, as he noted how his friend failed to implement Holmes' techniques.

But if you're such a ginormous fan that you'll read even the back of a shampoo if it's labeled Sherlock Holmes, then by all means, read this. This book is more of If you're an avid Sherlock Holmes fan like me, then most likely you have already come across the examples and quotations explored in this book. This book is more of a tribute than an actual how-to guide. You could learn more about how Sherlock thinks by reading his actual adventures. The title is so misleading that I felt an urge to throw the book away.

Except I couldn't because I was reading an ebook. And I would've felt sorry for Sherlock anyway. Otherwise, you're better off reading something else. Jul 17, Bayla rated it really liked it Shelves: It is the mind that is present,reflective, mindful of its thoughts and its state.

It doesn't often multitask, and when it does, it does so with a purpose" p. A fine blend of character analysis, psychological research, and good writing, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes caught my interest and held it all the way through, which is a difficult task for nonfiction in general.

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M "If you get only one thing out of this book, it should be this; the most powerful mind is the quiet mind. Konnikova re introduces us to Sherlock Holmes, the great detective, and how he thinks - vs. She teaches us, through Holmes' example and with a healthy research backing, ways that we can improve our observation and decision making and avoid common thought errors.

She tells us of the importance of keeping your "brain attic" well organized and allowing creativity and imagination in; the importance of practice and education, constant learning; the importance of remembering that we are only human, and that even Sherlock Holmes made mistakes - the important thing is to learn from them, and to see yourself as someone who is constantly getting smarter, whose intelligence is not fixed. Highly recommended for people who enjoyed books like Thinking, Fast and Slow or Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking , but also for the many Holmes fans among us.

Jan 21, Aaron Thibeault rated it really liked it. The main argument: Indeed, his qualities are not so much superhuman as human plus: Still, human qualities taken to their extreme are intimidating enough, and we may find ourselves doubting whether we could ever really think like Sherlock—even if we put our minds to it. But for cognitive psychologist Anna Konnikova, we should think again.

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Specifically, Holmes has succeeded in making his thought methodical and systematic—essentially bringing the scientific method and scientific thinking to his detective work. This is an approach to thinking which, Konnikova argues, we can all practice. More importantly, it is an approach to thinking that can extend well beyond sleuthing. Indeed, it is a general approach that can help us get at the truth in virtually any arena, as well as help us solve virtually any problem.

It is simply a matter of bringing a little science to the art of thought—and it is this very thing that Konnikova aims to help us achieve in her new book 'Mastermind: How to Think like Sherlock Holmes'. Background knowledge; 2. Observation; 3. Imagination; and 4. To begin with, Holmes keeps an extensive and well-organized knowledge base to help him solve new cases. Second, Holmes uses careful, mindful, and unbiased observation to glean what is important about the various characters and circumstances of each case.

Next, Holmes uses the evidence that he has gathered—in conjunction with his far-reaching though disciplined imagination—to formulate multiple scenarios that could explain the mystery. While this approach seems straightforward enough, it is easier said than done. Indeed, our minds can and often do go wrong at any one of the steps. Konnikova construes it like this: The first of these modes operates quickly and automatically.

It is our default mode, in that it is the one that we rely on as a matter of course. While it may be quick and effortless, it is also very error-prone. Our second mode of thought is slower and more deliberate. Still, Konnikova contends that activating the second mode is worth the effort. In addition, she points out numerous tricks and pointers that can help us use our Holmesian system to best advantage in order to overcome these errors exemplified by still other psychological experiments.

In the end, it is really a matter of being ever mindful and careful in our thinking, and this is something that we could all certainly do more of.

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I found these efforts to be worthwhile for the most part 4 stars. Still a good and worthwhile read. A full executive summary of this book is available here http: A podcast discussion of the book will be available soon. View all 5 comments. Sep 01, VaultOfBooks rated it it was ok. By Maria Konnikova. B Sherlock Holmes, hands down, is my favourite detective, and Conan Doyle an absolute genius.

This is one such adaptation wherein author Maria Konnikova, a graduate of Harvard University and holder of PhD in psychology from Columbia University, applies her brain to find the science beneath the thrill.

The point of this book is simple. His coherent reasoning, incisive observation, and perceptiveness combined with lucid imagination has made him one of the most fascinating characters in the history of books.

But what makes him stand out — indeed what makes all characters stand out — is not that he has superhuman skills, but rather that he does not have superhuman skills. His qualities are extraordinary, but not entirely out of reach.

As we constantly understand through Watson, we all have that immense potential inside us, and that potential for the potential is what would make this book sell.

The author has tried to make the task easier by quoting numerous case studies from his old classics, maybe to give the reader something familiar to hang on to as he makes his way through this quagmire of big words and advanced human schematics. The reader is at a constant risk of being bamboozled by the theories and counter-theories which have been scripted out to make the book interesting. Technically, it does not provide any steps on how to think like Sherlock Holmes.

It analyzes how he thinks, but there are no steps to be found, aside from the advice of maintaining a journal. It tells you what you need to be as aware as Holmes, but fails to point out how you get on to achieve that. But despite the flaws, it has many things going for it.

The uniqueness has already been mentioned. Maria Konnikova has taken the idea of getting to know your fictional character to an entirely new level. The book lacks illustration, but it has depth. It has a niche market, mainly for researchers and enthusiasts who want in-depth detail of the great mind of Sherlock Holmes, or into the human brain in general.

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Shoot us a mail at contact vaultofbooks. Dec 30, Leah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a note: As happens for many, the sleuth stuck with her, and in Mastermind she combines current psychological insights with lessons from the Canon, in the touchingly Just a note: We were left to our own devices, to rise and fall as our innate abilities led. Then we run into Sherlock Holmes. Also, the driver behind me was impatient. She begins with the idea that we must pay attention.

Really pay attention, in a directed way. We need to define our problem, specifically. Then we need to observe—to gather information, as well as use what we have already stored up in our brain attics—in a systematic, thorough fashion, working to avoid biases, shortcuts, and other pitfalls of lazy thinking.

Finally, we test our ideas against the facts—and only the facts—to see which stand, which fall, and which, however improbable, must be the truth.

Just as Ms. Konnikova shows us—using the canon—how Holmes reasons and deduces, she also shows us how Dr Watson illustrates, with frightening accuracy, common flaws in the way humans think. Watson is oblivious to factors in his environment or mood that might divert his focus and influence his observations.

And once Holmes corrects his deductions, he tends not to learn from his errors—in order to improve—but instead salves his ego with the one or two points he got right. Generally, this blog reviews books about Sherlock Holmes. Mastermind, however, is about YOU. Konnikova—a frequent science contributor to such well-regarded periodicals as The Atlantic, Scientific American, Scientific American MIND, Slate, and The Paris Review as well as the science-fiction oriented site, i09 —knows how to present complex ideas in an understandable fashion.

I really wanted to know more about several studies; while my old academic self would have preferred a formal bibliography, there is a section dedicated to further reading in the back.

Occasionally, I found the book slightly repetitive, but I put this down to the academy's style of building an argument. How does the canon fare? Konnikova is a genuine fan. She chooses her stories well, and takes care to explain them—accurately— for readers who may not be familiar with Conan Doyle, helpfully providing canonical references at the end of each chapter.

It is fascinating to see how she is able to use Holmes and Watson to illustrate her concepts. There is nothing forced or artificial about it; the information she presents is really there. And while we may look at his involvement with spiritualism and…fairies…with a little embarrassment, Konnikova uses those aspects of his life to gently illustrate how we are all products of, yes, our desires—but also of our times. Are there canonical glitches?

A few. Because Maria Konnikova is, in fact, on a mission. She truly believes that you can learn to think like Sherlock Holmes; that, with enough Motivation, you can train yourself to pay attention—to be truly present in any situation—using this Mindfulness to handle information skillfully while avoiding the errors replete in lazy thinking.

It takes a good deal of effort and practice, she acknowledges, but our own biology is on our side. Yes, you can turn off the television and, by beginning to educate yourself—by refusing to stop learning, by practicing critical thinking methods, and by holding yourself to more rigorous mental standards—you can rebuild and develop your brain.

Dec 26, Mike rated it it was ok. Well written grammatically but An extremely frustrating read in so far as that the inescapable premise of the book appears to be that psychological principles can be taught upon the back of an entire fiction. There is such paradoxical logic in this that at times I felt genuine anger, the work is simply riding the crest of a huge wave of interest in Sherlock Holmes at present, this is not in the main, psychology, but literary review in the guise of science, and as such the whole thing appears Well written grammatically but There is such paradoxical logic in this that at times I felt genuine anger, the work is simply riding the crest of a huge wave of interest in Sherlock Holmes at present, this is not in the main, psychology, but literary review in the guise of science, and as such the whole thing appears to be a colossal misrepresentation.

To argue, by reference to fictional and unlikely examples of induction, phrased straight from the Holmes stories, that this is how we should think, is a bizarre conceit indeed. There are several interesting psychology experiments referred to, absent any reference; curious to say the least. As a graduate in psychology I'm fascinated by the suggestion that we can, for example improve insight by thinking about the colour blue,?

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Part of the power of Holmes as an intellectual character, is in watching the seeming magic by which he observes and deduces. There are no shortcuts here, you would best look elsewhere for insight. There are no examples of improving memory, such as using the mind palace, or various other peg systems of memory. It would have been far more educational had there been tutelage from the examples of REAL people, who observe and deduce as Holmes does, but have any such people ever existed?

In short, Holmes is a super intelligent behemoth of a character, and to be able to think like him, as this book purports to enable us, the book would have to provide means of turbo charging our intelligence. And it doesn't. Jan 03, Lisa rated it did not like it Shelves: I'm not going to finish this book because 1 it is redundant padded like a high school paper with an assigned word count ; 2 the psychological and neurological concepts are fairly basic; and 3 it's more about Holmes her hero than a book on mindfulness.

If you're a big Sherlock Holmes fan, you'd probably like this. Mar 04, Atila Iamarino rated it really liked it Shelves: Acabou sendo mais um livro sobre como pensamos. Mar 19, Emeraldia Ayakashi rated it really liked it. I do not think like Sherlock Holmes. Not in the least. This is the rather depressing conclusion I came to researching , until I read this book Watch and observe. This is the secret key. When I first read these words, I was a child then and I was amazed. Alertness and keen sense of observation used by Sherlock Holmes to solve the biggest mysteries are legendary.

Although Sherlock Holmes is often used a survey to ascertain the facts , its approach demonstrates that he relied too much on his int I do not think like Sherlock Holmes.

Although Sherlock Holmes is often used a survey to ascertain the facts , its approach demonstrates that he relied too much on his intuition , he saw clearly the logic and intuition as two inseparable elements in the art of solve a puzzle.

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As it is impossible to see everything intuitively , there are times when it may be also useful sense to listen to his intuition to find a solution in areas such as relationships, relationships with others and adequacy certain lifestyle choices.

In terms of what happens in the minds of others, there are intuitive tricks that you can refer to help you deduce a relative accuracy and your intuition can easily be developed with a little practice and perseverance by following these steps very accessible. Dec 12, Meg rated it did not like it. A marketing ploy with a catchy title, devoid of any new, insightful content whatsoever. I am both a zealous Sherlock Holmes fan and familiar with Konnikova's work for the New Yorker, which, while not especially well-written or scientifically rigorous, at least attempts to discuss new research findings in contemporary neuroscience.

At least it gets the mental gears turning in fresh directions. But, this useless, supposed "close-reading" of Holmes is a merely a childish regurgitation of detail thr A marketing ploy with a catchy title, devoid of any new, insightful content whatsoever.

But, this useless, supposed "close-reading" of Holmes is a merely a childish regurgitation of detail through the taste buds of an incompetent pop psychologist. And the results are not savory.

She bores us with common sense or intro psych lectures that have been heard the world over, and cannot even package the wealth that is the Holmes oeuvre with any pizzazz. The marketing MBAs did a great job with the branding to reel us in, but Konnikova devalues not only our time and money, but also our intelligence as an audience, with this drivel.

I would much rather read the original works themselves to extract wisdom, and I suggest you do the same. Jan 05, Tom rated it did not like it. Simplistic and lacking research behind many of the suppositions, the book is more homage to Holmes and Doyle than how to improve thought process. May 13, Rob Slaven rated it liked it Shelves: As usual, I received this book for nothing from a GoodReads giveaway but despite that kindness I give it my candid opinion below.

Our author's submission is one of those that tries to be two things at once, cross-selling you on a bit of neuroscience in the context of Sherlock Holmes as favorite fictional genius. The basic format boils down to something like this: Assuming the reader is a fan of Holmes, it's a fairly good gateway to the headier topics of Neuroscience and Psychology. Personally, I found the whole thing rather cloying. I've read a dozen books on this topic so the slow and easy introduction to the science was rather annoying and ponderous.

I found myself skimming over the quotes and introductory banter to find the real meat of what she was trying to get at. So in summary, a good introduction to the topic if you're a fan of Holmes. If you're past the introductory stage though, best to look elsewhere. There really is a lot of noise and at the end of it the material covered is done more incisively in other popular works on the topic.

Feb 19, Sadaf rated it really liked it. As a psychology student, I am familiar with many of the studies that the author has mentioned to support her explanations. But, I like how she puts it across in a manner that layman could easily understand. What makes it different from mainstream psychology books, is that she takes sherlock holmes stories to explain how he trained his brain to think, and gives examples from his words and actions.

She also delves into real life incidents in the criminal world at the time when Sherlock holmes was As a psychology student, I am familiar with many of the studies that the author has mentioned to support her explanations. She also delves into real life incidents in the criminal world at the time when Sherlock holmes was published, many these are incidents in which Arthur Conan Doyle was personally involved.

She explains the methods of the mind with good evidence and studies. For the slightly impatient readers, the book can get repetitive in certain places. But i acknowledge that if she doesn't repeat it, important conclusions of all the chapters might leave the mind. Overall it is a hopeful and helpful book, and urges the readers to invest in training their mind, and they will surely get a Holmes-like mind if they do so diligently.

So the title is misleading. This book was reviewed by Scott Huler and the review can be heard starting at timestamp Apr 08, Crystal Starr Light rated it liked it Shelves: 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 near the skill of the Master Detective? While I like Sherlock Holmes well enough, reading two books and a couple movies based on the stories is not enough to call me a fan.

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The primary reason I read this boo Sherlock Holmes is the epitome of the mystery genre and the private detective. The primary reason I read this book was for my book club. And honestly, it did sound intriguing - COULD I learn to think like Sherlock Holmes, to see every detail in my surroundings and process it efficiently? I honestly think that people who will adore this book will come in two flavors: This wasn't a bad book. There were some really interesting psychological concepts.

Unfortunately, I already read a book that discussed almost every single one with nearly the same exact examples, called You Are Not So Smart. And the latter book, I found to be much better - mostly because it didn't say in the title it would help you to think like Sherlock Holmes and then fail to tell you how to think like Sherlock Holmes unless the last chapter of steps, using "The Hound of the Baskervilles" was supposed to be the "How To" portion.

I guess that one thing is what trips me up the most about this book, what sent this book from "Okay, but really nothing special" to "frustratingly befuddling". If the title had merely been changed to "Mastermind: But this book told me that I would be able to think like Sherlock Holmes, that I should have things to practice to be able to think like Sherlock Holmes. At the end of this book, the only real useful piece of information I took away was: Maybe it's a first step, but I have no idea where to go from there.

I did think that perhaps that was the book's objective - like Holmes, we were to pay attention, gather clues from the book, and assemble our own steps or "solve the crime". If that was the job, then kudos to the author for the clever execution, but that doesn't solve how lost and frustrated I felt. For a book that is only pages long, there is an awful lot of repetition. Some sections - such as when things are divided into lists - go on for so long, I forgot what list the item was a part of.

Concepts were repeated over and over, with slight word changes. Tons of Holmes stories were included as well, but none of them were ever finished. I guess I can understand not wanting to spoil the mystery, but it left me confused. Also, I started mixing up all the various stories and forgetting which one showed what concept. And then there are absolutely no notes.

No notes, no bibliography, no intext citation, nada. At the end of the chapter, there is a Further Reading section that can send you either to a Sherlock Holmes story or one of I guess the sources Konnikova used.

As for where she got the research and studies - absolutely nothing.

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Not what I like to see in a non-fiction book. The one other point I really want to bring up is this: Sherlock Holmes may have been based on real characters Doyle and Bell , but he is still fictional.

The world he lives in is fictional. So it's exceptionally easy for him to always be attentive and soak up every detail and make the right assumptions based on stereotypes or "common knowledge" of the time, but that doesn't necessarily translate to a real world environment. I'm not saying this entire book was pointless - oh, well, Holmes is fiction, therefore, his thought-process is fiction. I'm saying it's as if I wrote a book about how to meditate like Yoda or Luke Skywalker.

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