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Deduction - Maria Konnikova | Intangibles 019

By Steve Berg February 11, 2018

On This Episode:

Maria Konnikova is the author of the bestsellers The Confidence Game and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes. Maria is a regularly contributing writer for The New Yorker whose writing has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Excellence in Science Journalism Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. She inadvertently turned into a professional poker player. Maria’s writing has been featured in Best American Science and Nature Writing. Maria also hosts the podcast The Grift from Panoply Media, a show that explores con artists and the lives they ruin, and is currently a visiting fellow at NYU’s School of Journalism. She graduated from Harvard University and received her PhD in psychology from Columbia University.



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Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes: 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.

Walter Mischel's book: The Marshmallow Test: Why Self-Control Is the Engine of Success.

Daniel Kahneman's book: Thinking, Fast and Slow

Maria Konnikova's websites: Find out more information on her books, blogs, social media accounts, and more.

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