How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Book - 2013
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"Lessons from the world's greatest fictional detective teach us how to improve our own mental powers. Konnikova unpacks mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper insights. Drawing on twenty-first century neuroscience and psychology"--
Publisher: New York : Viking Adult, 2013
ISBN: 9780670026579
Branch Call Number: 153.4 K836m
Characteristics: 273p


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Oct 27, 2019

" Memory is highly imperfect, and highly subject to change and influence. Even our observations themselves, while accurate enough to begin with, may end up affecting our recall and, hence, our deductive reasoning more than we think. We must be careful lest we let something catch our attention, whether because it is out of all proportion (salience) or because it just happened (recency) or because we've been thinking about something totally unrelated (priming or framing), weight too heavily in our reasoning and make us forget other details that are crucial for proper deduction. We must also be sure that we answer the same question we posed in the beginning, the one that was informed by our intitial goals and motivation, and not one that somehow seems more pertinent or intuitive or easier, now that we've reached the end of the thought process."

May 28, 2016

I enjoy Maria Konnikova's occasional excerpts on the Slate podcast The Gist, so was excited when my hold on this book came through. This book uses Sherlock Holmes as a conceit to demonstrate methods to improve memory skills, observation skills, and critical thinking skills. It's well researched, moves quickly, and contains some funny anecdotes as well. It's also made me want to reread the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Jun 28, 2014

Thinking, Fast and Slow is much better. Don't waste your time on Mastermind.

Jun 08, 2014

This book is about brain processes with some lessons on improving how you think. Too many references to Sherlock Holmes novels make this more difficult to read then if the science was more overtly detailed. Still worth reading if you are interested in the subject.

Aug 31, 2013

couldn't really get into it

Aug 06, 2013

love steven pinker, malcolm gladwell, etc. thought this would be more about the general workings of the mind: observation, memory, connection. Too many references to Sherlock Holmes' stories! Perhaps if you are a really BIG fan of Holmes and Watson???

johnf108 Mar 24, 2013

If you liked this book, you might like 'The Numbers Behind Numb3rs' about the cases in the CBS series and additional mathematics in crime solving.

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