How to Think Like Sherlock HolmesWhen it comes to using our minds, we all want to learn how to think like Sherlock Holmes. Holmes has a step up on most people. It is an entire way of thinking. The idea of mindfulness itself is by no means a new one. And the education that James proposes, an education in a mindful approach to life and to thought.
How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova – review
Show less Sherlock Holmes is known to be a genius detective, but most people can train their minds to think a little more like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous character simply by emulating the way that Sherlock behaved. Teach yourself to make better observations and to analyze those observations more effectively. If you're up for an even greater challenge, build a "mind palace" or "mind attic" to store your information, as well. If you want to think like Sherlock Holmes, the first thing you should do is start practicing your observation skills so you can take in all the details of a place or circumstance.
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? 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. The book comes together beautifully. Maria Konnikova is an engaging and insightful guide to this fascinating material, which will help you master your own mind.
BBC screenshot Since his first appearance in , Sherlock Holmes has become an industry — the Guinness Book of World Records notches him as the most-played movie character in history, with some actors playing the role — and a metaphor for clear thinking. From her research, we'll take a look at how anyone can observe and deduce like the fictional detective. When Holmes first met Dr. Watson , his soon to be partner in solving crimes, the detective made a certain and offhand claim: "You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive. Holmes, naturally, deduced it :. The train of reasoning ran, 'Here is a gentleman of a medical type, but with the air of a military man.
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Holmes collections abound, as do movies, TV series, video games, hats, pipes, T-shirts and calendars, not to mention nonfiction books dissecting the Holmesian method. And now here come two more, one of them, of all things, a Sherlock Holmes self-help book. If deduction and synthesis are a challenge, learning to observe may be even harder. Konnikova, a science writer based in New York, distinguishes between the Watson system the natural tendency to believe what we see and hear and the Holmes system. Teaching the Holmes system is the object of this book.