Maria Konnikova: Unclutter Your Brain Attic Like Sherlock Holmes

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How can we train our brains to think like Sherlock Holmes? This question occupies Konnikova's book, "Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes" [ Her answer can be summed up in one word: mindfulness. Mindfulness is "staying in the present moment and learning how to concentrate and how to focus your mind so that it really can avoid any distractions, can avoid anything that might kind of get it off track, Konnikova tells us. This "scientific method of mind" makes use of the brain as an "attic" in the sense that the space in the brain is a finite resource. To think like Sherlock you need to optimize your mental resources and then figure out how you can take the things you've stored and access them in a way where you can "see the bigger picture and not just these random components" that you put there. Transcript-- It's important to remember that Holmes wasn't born Holmes. Holmes was born like you and me but probably with greater potential for certain elements of observation, but he learned over time to think like Sherlock Holmes. At the beginning, he probably thought more like Watson because that's more of our natural state. He's able to attain what he does because he's become an expert of sorts at observing. He's become an expert at person perception. What I mean by this is he has thousands and thousands of hours of practice, and that practice has been interwoven with feedback. So I look at you and I tell you something about yourself. And you say, "No, that's ...

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