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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. Can Sherlock Holmes help us to become better thinkers? Sophie Scott isn't convinced. In Mastermind, Konnikova uses what she refers to as the Watson System and the Holmes System to categorize and discuss people's habits of mind; their.


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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 konnikova mastermind experiments.

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

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

I found these efforts to be worthwhile for the most part 4 stars. Still a good and worthwhile read. Konnikova, however, says that as amazing feats of insight were achieved by Conan Doyle and some of his contemporaries, we can safely suspend our disbelief.


Daniel Kahneman 's Thinking, Fast and Slow delineates between thoughts that are driven by fast, perceptual systems, and slower, more controlled executive processes. Konnikova konnikova mastermind a great debt to this book, and explicitly constructs Kahneman's distinct cognitive systems konnikova mastermind "System Watson" and "System Holmes".

Mastermind | Maria Konnikova

Unlike Kahneman, she prioritises System Holmes — the slow, controlled processes — while denigrating System Watson as unthinking. Konnikova mastermind have you simply wanted to think more clearly at key konnikova mastermind It is Holmes, not Watson who is, largely, portrayed in Mastermind as "unthinking"that is the key problem solver in the stories, [3] making his konnikova mastermind feats of insight," according to one reviewer, a "little too opportunistic.

Retrieved February 13, Leddy, Chuck January 7, Holmes himself would have been proud to author this fine work!

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Conan Doyle used the real reasoning of a real person, and placed it in a fictional character. This makes Holmes more believable and more empathetic than many of his rival detectives. konnikova mastermind

Did Holmes have any part in your decision to study psychology? Yes, in that my love of fiction and of seeing the intricacies of konnikova mastermind human mind and human interactions play konnikova mastermind on the page were a definite inspiration in my desire to study psychology in greater depth.

Mastermind Reader’s Guide

Holmes was but one of many fictional heroes who pushed me in the same psychological direction. Partway through your konnikova mastermind, you reveal that your konnikova mastermind encounter with Sherlock Holmes was listening to your father read Russian translations of the stories.

Did your appreciation of them change konnikova mastermind you read them in English? Which do you prefer now? My appreciation did indeed konnikova mastermind, but I think that has more to do with growing maturity than with the language per se.

I was able to see things as an adult that I had missed as a child; in the years between my Russian and English experiences of Sherlock Holmes, I had learned to be a much deeper reader.