How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
My Dear Fellow Sherlockians,
I'd like to recommend a book to you, Mastermind - How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by psychologist and journalist, Maria Konnikova. The author suggests that it's possible to learn to observe and use our "brain attics" (or "mind palaces") in the same manner as our favorite consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. All it takes is a desire and a retraining of our focus or "mindfulness".
We actually start off with a mind much more like Sherlock's as children. When everything is new, we are more alert and curious and therefore, more motivated and engaged with our surroundings. As we mature, we learn to ignore things and focus only on what we need to at the moment, such as driving the car or doing our job. We become masters at multi-tasking, giving each job the least amount of attention we can get away with. That's why we see but don't observe.
Declared "Ingenious" by The Wall Street Journal and an "Entertaining blend of Holmesiana and modern-day neuroscience," by The New York Times, Mastermind is well worth a read for those who envy Sherlock's powers of observation and deduction.
The Game is on!