4.2 out of 5. I would love to get in there and get the material organized in a concise readable format and get the scientific references cited properly so that it could be a good book. Where is the specific study that Konnikova is referencing? This is emphasized in the last chapter of the book, where we see Arthur Conan Doyle’s judgment at fault in an amusing, but deceptive situation, which we look at with modern eyes, from a very different culture and a very different viewpoint. A small step but I think a very important one. “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. I would much rather read the original works themselves to extract wisdom, and I suggest you do the same. One third examples from Sherlock Holmes mysteries, kind of interesting but very chopped up and you never get the entire story. The answer is yes, and in Mastermind, psychologist Maria Konnikova shows us how. I read it in addition to other books because it is more about the information than the storyline. Wonderful survey of thought processes and cognitive theories woven within a framework of how the characters Sherlock Holmes and John Watson might approach problem solving. Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes - Ebook written by Maria Konnikova. In a nutshell, Maria Konnikova puts twenty-first century neuroscience and psychology on your side. Many of the reviewers who lament Konnikova for the derivative nature of this work seem to miss her point. One third examples from Sherlock Holmes mysteries, kind of interesting but very chopped up and you never get the entire story. Drawing on twenty-first-century neuroscience and psychology, Mastermind explores Holmes’s unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation, and logical deduction. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Best seller for a reason. Such a light read yet uncovering interesting psychological concepts and phenomena, while simultaneously tying them to examples from various situations that took place in the fictional world of the infamous novels of Sherlock Holmes ♂ . This is somewhat stereotypical, and also draws on fairly familiar psychological schemes, but, when mixed all together, and personalized in this way, it is actually quite interesting. 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. Bill Gates, tech pioneer, co-founder of Microsoft, and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is an avid reader who people follow... No fictional character is more renowned for his powers of thought and observation than Sherlock Holmes. We can see Watson and Holmes, quite often, as we read Dr. Konnikova’s book, as personifications of different ways of reacting to events: A fast, efficient, possibly easily erroneous approach (the Watson approach), and a more disciplined, possibly quite inefficient, but thoughtful, sometimes counterintuitive approach (the Holmes approach). 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. Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes (A Review) A centerpiece of Mastermind is that the brain operates using two contrasting systems, which Konnikova terms System Holmes and … It was interesting, yes. Not what I expected. Fans of Sherlock Holmes, detective wannabes, and those who wish to improve their cognitive skills may find “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes” by Maria Konnikova to be an interesting—and certainly a thought-provoking—read. Because that's what this book is all about: quotations, quotations and exploring and dissecting those Sherlock quotations in every manner possible. I found this book engaging, interesting and useful, both as a Sherlock Holmes fan and as someone who is interested in self-help books about self-awareness and how to hone our critical thinking and problem-solving strategies in our everyday life. 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. But Ms. Konnikova finds an ingenious delivery system. Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2017. He reviews many fundamental concepts in psychology and statistics (regression to the mean, the narrative fallacy, the optimistic bias), showing how they relate to his overall concerns about how we think … Like that dream textbook that you seem to have a conversation with? It is the best I have read. Such a light read yet uncovering interesting psychological concepts and phenomena, while simultaneously tying them to examples from various situations that took place in the fictional world of the infamous novels of Sherlock Holmes ️‍♂️ . Holmes fan or not, the reader will find Mastermind to be bracing, fascinating, and above all — and most important — hopeful.” —Daniel Smith, author of Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety “‘You know my methods,’ Sherlock Holmes once said to Dr. Watson. Fans of Sherlock Holmes, detective wannabes, and those who wish to improve their cognitive skills may find Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova to be an interestingand certainly a thought-provokingread. I will definitely be reading this book again in order to hopefully let the information register definitively! Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2016. I’ll give her five stars for the book’s premise, but only two stars for execution. And how they both often have to work together. A truly insightful guide to the human brain, whilst providing a perfect balance between elements of Holmesian tales and provoking cognition to the reader. By showing this as stereotypes, we see how to think like Watson (our more common mode of thinking) and how to think like Holmes (in a more thoughtful and mindful way). Like that dream textbook that you seem to have a conversation with? 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