How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Mastermind
by Maria Konnikova

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.


Solve it Like Sherlock
by Stewart Ross

If you’ve always fancied yourself a bit of a Sherlock Holmes, there’s no better way to test yourself than against these ingenious puzzles.

In this intriguing book, Stewart Ross presents 25 new Sherlock Holmes cases and challenges you to pit your powers of deduction against those of the Great Detective. Full of the atmosphere and ambience of 221b Baker Street, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the pages of Arthur Conan Doyle . except, this time, with the chance to prove you’re a match for the super sleuth.

Each case provides all the evidence you’ll need to crack it, provided you’re sharp enough to pick up on all the clues, with challenges from codebreaking to lateral thinking, memory to logic . and of course, how Sherlock came up with the solutions can be found at the back of the book in case you’re feeling more like Watson than Holmes. The detective managed to solve 24 out of the 25 cases in this book – perhaps you can go one better.


How To Instantly Size-Up Strangers Like Sherlock Holmes
by Mark A. Williams, Sr.

Learn Sherlock’s Methods and Apply Them! The great detective Sherlock Holmes once said: “It has always been my habit to hide none of my methods, either from my friend Watson or from anyone who might take an intelligent interest in them.” Now you can learn those methods from the Master himself! No matter who you are — knowing how to read people is essential to success. And no one did it better than Sherlock Holmes! He had the incredible ability to instantly scan people he met. He could tell where an individual just came from, the person’s trade or character with a single glance. Now his method is available to you! The Sherlock Holmes Method is a systematic and accurate way to evaluate people. Use the Sherlockian methods in this book to size up strangers and find love, get a job, close a sale, get rich and fulfill your dreams! In this book you will learn how to: • Ask four simple questions to rapidly evaluate strangers. • Use Holmes’ 10 Rules of Deduction to easily read people. • Apply three simple steps to read a stranger’s mind. • Develop a Holmesian memory. • Tell if someone is lying or being deceptive. • Read a stranger’s tattoos. • Size up people by their clothing and body language. • Tell a person’s job, profession or hobby with a glance. • Tell a stranger’s previous activities. • Instantly read a person’s physical health. • Read people by studying their personal belongings. • Analyze a stranger from his or her handwriting. The book is crammed with easy to follow examples that Sherlock Holmes used to size up strangers. You will find simple tips and specific techniques on how to read people instantly. This book gives you step-by-step instructions so you can improve your ability to size up strangers just like Sherlock Holmes! It’s Elementary — Once You Know His Methods

A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes
by Peter Bevelin

A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes is a book for those who want to improve their thinking. It is a practical and enjoyable book that tells in a short-easy-to-read way about what we all can learn from Sherlock Holmes. Peter Bevelin has distilled Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes into bite-sized principles and key quotes. This book will appeal to both Sherlock fans as well as those who want to think better. It contains useful and timeless methods and questions applicable to a variety of important issues in life and business. We could all benefit from A few lessons from Sherlock Holmes.

The Art of Deduction
by Hannah Rogers

The Game is Afoot! A collection of art, poetry and writing from fans of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his companion Doctor Watson. From the deadly Moriarty to domestic life of Holmes and Watson, The Art of Deduction showcases some of the greatest talent from arguably the oldest fan base in the world.

10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less)
by Thomas Frank

Becoming a more effective learner and boosting your productivity will help you earn better grades – but it’ll also cut down on your study time. This is a short, meaty book that will guide you through ten steps to achieving those goals:

  • Pay better attention in class
  • Take more effective notes
  • Get more out of your textbooks
  • Plan like a general
  • Build a better study environment
  • Fight entropy and stay organized
  • Defeat Procrastination
  • Study smarter
  • Write better papers
  • Make group projects suck less

Whether you’re in college or high school, this book will probably help you. But not if you’re a raccoon. I want to be very clear about that; if you’re a raccoon, please buy a different book. This one will do absolutely nothing for you. How did you even learn to read, anyway?


Becoming Sherlock
by Stefan Cain

Have you ever wished that you had Sherlock Holmes-like observational skills? Would you like to be able to learn how to concentrate better and be more productive in a shorter amount of time? Many people believe that skills like that of observation and concentration are something that a person is born with, that you either have it or you don’t and that’s it. But, fortunately, this is not the case. Like any other skill, mindfulness can be taught, though some will obviously take to it faster than others. In this book, author Stefan Cain teaches you how to train your brain to work more effectively in a variety of ways using several different exercises and methods.

Stefan Cain has studied the human brain for years, particularly in regards to its functionality. His research and experiments have shown him that the brain, like other parts of the body, can be shaped, sculpted, and, eventually, trained in such a way as to promote increased mindfulness. By following the methods outlined in this book, and by coming to understand how the brain works, you will learn how to: – Improve your observational skills-you could be the next Sherlock Holmes! – Improve your memory – Increase your awareness – Become more creative – Make solid deductions – Use critical thinking – Use your intuition

By reading, understanding, and then implementing the techniques described in this book, you can be a better, more productive, and less stressed you in no time at all.


The Confidence Game
by Maria Konnikova

“It’s a startling and disconcerting read that should make you think twice every time a friend of a friend offers you the opportunity of a lifetime.”
—Erik Larson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake and bestselling author of Devil in the White City

Think you can’t get conned? Think again. The New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes explains how to spot the con before they spot you.

“[An] excellent study of Con Artists, stories & the human need to believe” –Neil Gaiman, via Twitter


A compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists—and the people who fall for their cons over and over again.

While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book.
 
From multimillion-dollar Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds, Konnikova pulls together a selection of fascinating stories to demonstrate what all cons share in common, drawing on scientific, dramatic, and psychological perspectives. Insightful and gripping, the book brings readers into the world of the con, examining the relationship between artist and victim. The Confidence Game asks not only why we believe con artists, but also examines the very act of believing and how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us.



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