"Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes" by Maria Konnikova

  • June 6, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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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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    Just joined this group! Any idea when the next meeting will be?

    June 7, 2013

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      Welcome, Bruce! It will be July 25th at 7 pm, I am about to put it on the calendar. The summer schedule is a bit different, we will return to the first Thursday of every month in September.

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      Thanks Anastasia, looking forward to it!

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  • diane b.

    thanks so much for an interesting selection and conversation!
    Diane

    June 7, 2013

  • Ashok

    Very Enjoyable. Stimulating

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  • Beverly

    Bummer..I have to work...I will read this anyway and please let me know what the next book is!!!

    June 3, 2013

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    thanks, finally got the book. Can't wait to read it!

    May 23, 2013

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  • Julia K.

    I read all of Sherlock Holmes so it should be a fun read!

    May 5, 2013

  • Ashok

    Greetings from Mumbai. I'm sorry I missed the last one as I am traveling, but I'm a Sherlock Holmes fiend!

    May 4, 2013

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    I may have to miss but I am not entirely sure at the moment!!I would love to be there if at all possible

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  • Elizabeth T

    Regrets...I'll be taking an evening class for the summer which will make me miss a few meetings. ET

    May 3, 2013

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