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Saturday
Sep132014

RS117 - Maria Konnikova on How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Release date: September 21, 2014

Maria Konnikova Want to learn how to use your logical, reflective side in everyday life? It's elementary, my dear listeners! Maria Konnikova, the author of the bestselling Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes is the special guest on this episode of Rationally Speaking. Konnikova has a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University and writes about science for publications including the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. Julia and Massimo ask her for tips on Holmesian thinking, and debate her on questions like: Is your unreflective, "Watsonian" side really so bad? And did Sherlock make some mistakes in his famous quotes about thinking?

Maria's picks:  "What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions" and "Jeeves and Wooster"

 

Reader Comments (4)

I've started listening to this episode as I left for work this morning. It is a drab, rainy morning, a perfect setting for Sherlock Holmes discussion. I stopped listening as I arrived at work, about 25 minute in. I was excited to tell a fellow skeptic about the episode, knowing he's a big fan of the BBC series Sherlock. I described the interview, so far, without names and he responded, "That sounds like a book I've downloaded but not listened to yet, Mastermind." I should have known.

Thank you for your podcast, by the way. I find them very stimulating and often challenging.

September 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Krevat

But I heard that Sherlock could think his way out of a paper bag as he made huge leaps of assumption that had no real bases in the evidence? This not a slap to Sherlock but something I heard. I've always liked the character and his adventures.

September 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterL.Long

One of the best quotes I've come across in a long time (said in other different ways, but I like this one the best): Maria @ 23:43, "The burden of proof rises proportionally with the improbability of the claim.. You go Maria!

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