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How to Think Like Sherlock

But researchers have already uncovered many interesting facts about how the brain functions —and recent books have tried to translate current neuroscience research into some practical advice for anyone wanting to improve their own brain capacity. Anyone can learn how to think like Holmes, she writes, allowing us to make better decisions and come up with more creative solutions to problems we may encounter in life.

Too often we are blind to the biases in the way our brain functions, and that colors our perceptions. So, if we hear that Suzy is seducing her boss, and then later have that rumor contradicted, we may still associate her with seduction and regard her unfavorably. We also tend to let our intuition run the show when it comes to making decisions, even when our intuitions are totally erroneous.

Holmes—like many scientists—possessed a natural skepticism, which allowed him to constantly question his own assumptions and catch himself at brain biases like these.


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To think more like Holmes, Konnikova argues, you need to both know yourself and your biases, and then practice the art of mindful observation. Motivation is important too, though, because to change your brain takes insight and practice…and lots of it. For those interested in how memory works, you may want to pick up the book Pieces of Light: Konnikova recommends developing "a healthy dose of skepticism ", along with inquisitiveness, mindfulness, restraint, and a desire to "look for evidence that both confirms and disconfirms" closely held beliefs.

Konnikova received praise for what one reviewer called the "ingenious delivery system" of using Holmes and Watson to "personify rational and intuitive modes of thought.

How To Think Like Sherlock

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 "amazing feats of insight," according to one reviewer, a "little too opportunistic. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved February 13, Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved February 17, Retrieved February 18, This was kind of a let down, but I don't really know what I was expecting. Jul 28, rebecca rated it really liked it. Apr 12, Sharon Vargas rated it liked it Shelves: While this book was fun, it could've been better.

While all the quizzes were fun, and I'm a bit of a fan of mind puzzles, they could've been exploited a little more. The cyphers part was definetly my favorite, because it taught you how to reason them, their story and such. It was still lacking, but leaning the book to that direction would've made it way better than it was. Mar 25, Yousef rated it liked it. It gives you some simple tips on how you can improve your self-memory-habits It also offers some quizzes that will help you grasp the tips given! Jun 25, Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: Nice book for Sherlock fans. Jan 05, Grace Best-Page rated it it was ok.

Too light and brief for serious study, but the gimmick of tying things to Holmes was what prompted my niece to give it to me as a Christmas present. I appreciate the thought and enjoyed doing the puzzles; however, the book itself is poorly done, with some downright mistakes in the puzzles.

It lacked editing any decent proofreader would have caught the mistakes - as just one example, one of the puzzles had more answers than questions and takes itself far too seriously, considering some of the p Too light and brief for serious study, but the gimmick of tying things to Holmes was what prompted my niece to give it to me as a Christmas present.

It lacked editing any decent proofreader would have caught the mistakes - as just one example, one of the puzzles had more answers than questions and takes itself far too seriously, considering some of the puzzles as fiendish when they were in fact child's play i. Okay, not everyone in the world can recognize the first five books of the Bible, but it's a fair bet that most people reading this book would. It was like someone trolled the internet for articles on brain training, took the first page of each, stuck them together with puzzles also garnered from a brief internet search, and got someone to publish it.

I should be so lucky! May 09, Magda rated it it was ok Shelves: That book was a gift and it really seemed a great idea when I got it. This one is totally misleading. One thing is certain — the author did his reading. Each chapter starts with a quite and there are tons of quotes all over the book.

How To Think Like Sherlock by Daniel Smith

Quotes from all of the books and st That book was a gift and it really seemed a great idea when I got it. Quotes from all of the books and stories about sherlock. Have I mentioned there were quotes? Other than that there were few tips and tricks that might help you become Sherlock, one of them saying you should read all the books to learn it, sooo… pretty much a fanboy writing a short book about his favorite character and adding some quizzes to make it into a self-improvement book.

Jun 19, E. Well, it's a great short, useless read for a long car ride. This brief novel promised and promoted more so than it actually produced. More than anything, it was a compilation of random Holmesian facts and brain teasers. There was no real, original or stimulating material. To be quite frank, anyone who's ever searched 'Sherlock Holmes' on the Net could have written this. If you wish for a much shorter version, I would recommend going to 16Personalities.

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Overall, thanks but no thanks. Maybe i'm not objective about this book because i bought it for my boyfriend and we kinda read it together. It was fun and we had fun while reading it and talking about it and Sherlocks in books, series and movies. Jan 03, Fifa rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 26, Maria rated it it was ok. Nov 12, Emily J rated it it was ok. Lots of little brain -teasers and puzzles, there isn't a great deal of depth or research behind the statements in this book.

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A very quick read. Jan 22, Joseph rated it it was ok. I am a Conan Doyle fan from way back. Quick read but not too much to digest.


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Jan 02, Khris rated it liked it. This is more of an analysis of the fictional character Sherlock Holmes. Learned some new techniques and had fun doing some of the exercises.