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Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes

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Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, Maria Konnikova, book reviewAs Sherlock Holmes has himself noted, there is nothing new under the sun. Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova is far from the first piece of writing to join the worlds of the great fictional detective and psychology. We have had Holmes the addict, Holmes the man with Asperger’s, Holmes the man unable to form normal relationships with those around him. However, given the complexity and enduring appeal of Holmes, it is not perhaps surprising that he now is the hook on which Konnikova’s new book on the science of memory, creativity and reasoning hangs. He even influenced the release date: 6th January, Sherlock Holmes’ birthday.

The basic premise of the book is that our minds work on two systems – one is quick to react and largely unconscious, while the latter is slower, more deliberate and rational.


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