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?
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 we store information and organize knowledge--Konnikova
unpacks the mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper
insights. Drawing on twenty-first-century neuroscience and psychology,
Mastermind explores Holmes's unique methods of ever-present mindfulness,
astute observation, and logical deduction.
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.
For Holmes aficionados and casual readers alike, Konnikova reveals how
the world's most keen-eyed detective can serve as an unparalleled guide
to upgrading the mind.
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult (January 3, 2013)
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