January 20

Going Mental

Sunday’s Big Idea

Mindfulness

"Sherlock Holmes really understood the concept of mindfulness long before it was on the radar of any psychologists," says Maria Konnikova, author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, Big Think's Book of the Month for January.

For Holmes, the entire thought process is akin to a scientist who is doing a research experiment. He is applying the scientific method to thought. A state of mindfulness is necessary to optimize your mental resources because those resources are finite. Mindfulness requires a prepared state of mind that allows you to parse through data and only focus on what is truly important. And then, through thousands of hours of practice you will be able to hone the skills of the imagination in order to see new possibilities.  

As Konnikova shows us in today's lesson, Sherlock Holmes was truly a lifelong learner. 

  1. 1 Lessons in Mindfulness from Sherl...
  2. 2 Mastermind: How To Think Like She...
  3. 3 281 - Holmes, Sweet Holmes: A Flo...
  4. 4 Lessons from Sherlock Holmes Pt.I...
   
  1. Lessons in Mindfulness from Sherlock Holmes

    Lessons in Mindfulness from Sherlock Holmes

    How can we train our brains to think like Sherlock Holmes? We need to develop the core skill of mindfulness.

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  2. Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes (A Review)

    Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes (A Review)

    A centerpiece of Mastermind is that the brain operates using two contrasting systems, which Konnikova terms System Holmes and System Watson.

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  3. 281 - Holmes, Sweet Holmes: A Floorplan of 221B Baker Street

    The floorplan was “drawn from notes taken while reading all 60 Sherlock Holmes stories twice in a row.

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  4. Lessons from Sherlock Holmes Pt.I: Paying Attention to What Isn't There

    Lessons from Sherlock Holmes Pt.I: Paying Attention to What Isn't There

    Pay attention to what isn’t there, not just what is. Absence is just as important and just as telling as presence.

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