Mastermind Book Reviews

AUTHOR
Maria Konnikova
SCORE
3.5
TOTAL RATINGS
106

Mastermind by Maria Konnikova Book Summary

The New York Times bestselling guide to thinking like literature's greatest detective. "Steven Pinker meets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" (Boston Globe), by the author of The Confidence Game. 
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.

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Book Name Mastermind
Genre Psychology
Published
Language English
E-Book Size 1.7 MB

Mastermind (Maria Konnikova) Book Reviews 2024

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Informative. Frankly, the book was a bit clunky. It was also not exactly an instructional book, more of a informative book. But I definitely became more cognizant of my biases, and I will re-read it to absorb as much as I can. It has definitely effected me mentally, and that is all that matters for me. I think I am on my way to become a more intelligent person, who is aware when it is important, thanks to this book.

This is one of the best books I have read. I really enjoyed this book and discovered that in many ways I do think like Sherlock Holmes. A few years ago I wrote the eBook titled "How to Think and Lose Weight" which is all about learning to think like the people think who control their weight so you will produce a similar result. "Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes," reinforced my thinking process. And...I learned so much more about thinking and problem solving. It has already proved it's usefulness. I highly recommend this great book!

Couldn't put it down.. This book revolutionized the way I viewed the world. The simply brilliant truths, which are explained in such clarity, have been foundational in my life. I would pick up this book if you want to learn how to manage your chaotic thought and create an order and a clear thought process. All the while learning how to enjoy every step of the way. The author creates a feel as if you are Watson, under the training of Holmes himself.

Best. Best!

Idealistic. In my opinion, i dont know if you would really want to try and consider this as some type of self help book to boost logical aptitude. In mentioning this, I would like to remind anyone who has ever read the Sherlock Holmes series, (which is available for free on iTunes, and I highly recommend) Holmes was a masochistic, substance abusing, self loathing, misanthrope. But nevertheless, this does make for an extremely captivating fictional character of super hero proportions. Essentially though, It is just not healthy to go through a real human life thinking like Holmes; It will only distance yourself. Read this book because you lose Sherlock Holmes, not because you want to emulate him.

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Summary of Mastermind by Maria Konnikova

The Mastermind book written by Maria Konnikova was published on 03 January 2013, Thursday in the Psychology category. A total of 106 readers of the book gave the book 3.5 points out of 5.

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