8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good topic but dodgy theorising,
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This review is from: Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (Kindle Edition)
I'm a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories and I agree that the patterns of thinking described and illustrated in the stories are so realistic that Conan Doyle must have had real life people in mind as his inspiration. Consequently, I was interested in Maria's ideas on how Sherlock's thinking works.
However, I have to report that I didn't think she had captured the truth. The writing is rather long winded and the theory, based largely on the analogy that memory is like an attic, was taken out of its original context and not applied accurately. There were some credulous references to psychology studies now known to be a bit dodgy (e.g. not replicated despite initial excitement),
In summary, I loved the idea for the book but not the psychological theorising. If the attic analogy had not bee relied on so heavily the book might have worked better.