MARIA KONNIKOVA ~ MASTERMIND – HOW TO THINK LIKE SHERLOCK HOLMES ~ 2013

~ NMMFM-APAWAAI-WWO-WAFTPA ~ Never Mistake Mindlessness For Mindfulness – A Passive Approach With An Active Involvement – When We Observe – We Are Forced To Pay Attention

~ WHTMFPATAA-WHTE-ES-EI-ET ~ We Have To Move From Passive Absorption To Active Awareness – We Have To Engage – Each Sense – Each Input – Each Thought

~ TC-CC-TOKMABU-WMNFTRAROH ~ Times Change – Circumstances Change – That Original Knowledge Base Must Always Be Updated – We Must Never Forget To Revise And Retest Out Hypotheses

~ UAFTP-O-H(I)-T-D-R ~ Understand And Frame The Problem – Observe – Hypothesize (Imagine) – Test – Deduce – Repeat

~ OT-T-CATB-JALTE-AO-HVRCBFOAFO ~ Our Tendency – To – Confirm And To Believe – Just A Little Too Easily – And Often – Has Very Real Consequences Both For Ourselves And For Others

~ BWAHDOS-DJAAITWII ~ Begin With A Healthy Dose Of Skepticism – Don’t Just Assume Anything Is The Way It Is

~ M-CPOM-AAH-EF-R-A-OOTW ~ Mindfulness – Constant Presence Of Mind –Attentiveness And Hereness – Essential For – Real – Active – Observation Of The World

~ M-AEAD-WHTBM-THIA-M-P-F-TEEOWGTOH-IOGWTF ~ Motivation – Active Engagement And Desire – We Have To Be Motivated – To Think In A – Mindful – Present – Fashion – To Exert Effort On What Goes Through Our Heads – Instead Of Going With The Flow

~ OBAWFQJ ~ Our Brains Are Wired For Quick Judgments

~ OWOLAATATWITTC-AOBARS-B-WCR-HOBJTCINHWADTA ~ Our Way Of Looking At And Thinking About The World Is Tough To Change – And Our Biases Are Remarkably Sticky – But – We Can Rewire – How Our Brains Jump To Conclusions Is Not How We Are Destined To Act

~ WIATTM-A-TEIITR-TMCWAIIAAT ~ What Is Available To The Mind – And – The Easier It Is To Recall – The More Confident We Are In Its Applicability And Truth

~ IOE-SYAP-YALTSTOEAPAW-ETDF-W-E-AS-BRA ~ If One Element – Strikes You As Positive – You Are Likely To See The Other Elements As Positive As Well – Everything That Doesn’t Fit – Will – Easily – And Subconsciously – Be Reasoned Away

~ NJ-NMHPON-BWAABS-I-IHABFTBTIOOB-A-E ~ No Judgment – No Matter How Positive Or Negative – Begins With An Altogether Blank Slate – Instead – It Has Already Been Filtered Thoroughly By The Interaction Of Our Brain – And – The Environment

~ AES-TEPU ~ At Every Step – The Environment Primes Us

~ ISSTTMAHIMJAAGP?-IS-HDIAMPA? ~ Is Something Superfluous To The Matter At Hand Influencing My Judgment At Any Given Point? – if So – How Do I Adjust My Perception Accordingly?

~ IOW-BSOYAOYOM ~ In Other Words – Be Skeptical Of Yourself And Of Your Own Mind

~ AI-IRNMT-PO-LSRLH ~ Accurate Intuition – Is Really Nothing More Than – Practice Of – Letting Skill Replace Learned Heuristics

~ PAIABE-OMAWTW-WITD ~ Paying Attention Is Anything But Elementary – Our Minds Are Wired To Wander – Wandering Is Their Default

~ WCAOATMTAOAEITFATSLAIWWWTFOJOA ~ We Cannot Allocate Our Attention To Multiple Things At Once And Expect It To Function At The Same Level As It Would Were We To Focus On Just One Activity

~ SI-AAPL-AIWAAOTA-ASOH-TCTTTOTCCGAOTWBWO ~ Sensory Influences – Are A Powerful Lot – And If We Aren’t Aware Of Them Altogether – As So Often Happens – They Can Threaten To Take Over The Carefully Cultivate Goals And Objectivity That We’ve Been Working On

~ WWTS-WOC-WMBL-WOC-IOD ~ When We Touch Something – Warm Or Cold – We May Become Likewise – Warm Or Cold – In Our Disposition

~ IWATBSIARW-WMSFOTMR-OBMC-TWOW ~ If We Are Touched By Someone In A Reassuring Way – We May Suddenly Find Ourselves Taking More Risk – Or Being More Confident – Than We Otherwise Would

~ WWHSH-WAMLTJ-SOS-TBWAMS ~ When We Hold Something Heavy – We Are More Likely To Judge – Something Or Someone – To Be Weightier And More Serious

~ WFTNWWDNPUF-A-WFTIF-O-TTTMPIA ~ We Fail To Note What We Do Not Perceive Up Front – And – We Fail To Inquire Further – Or – To Take The Missing Pieces Into Account

~ WTTSOTWTAP ~ We Tend To See Objects The Way They Are Presented

~ B-O&D-L-T-C-I-SO-I ~ Between – Observation And Deduction – Lies – The – Crucial – Irreplaceable – Step Of – Imagination

~ YNTBFAPOOMP ~ You Need To Begin From A Place Of Open-Minded Possibility

~ IOTMOSIS-TCOMNBF ~ If Only The Most Obvious Solution Is Sought – The Correct One May Never Be Found

~ YCPAASTWP-I-YD-TASBT-LIHIS ~ You Cannot Possibly Assess And See The Whole Picture – If – You Don’t – Take A Step Back To – Let Imagination Have Its Say

~ TPOLAIU ~ The Power Of Learned Associations Is Ubiquitous

~ AEL-P&N-LGLTM-PTTGAWTTOATOT ~ At Every Level – Physical And Neural – Locations Get Linked To Memories – Places Tend To Get Associated With The Type Of Activity That Occurs There

~ TDOD-IIIDTRODTFN-TTS-EITMNBAC-OCAA ~ The Difficulty Of Proper Deduction – It Is Incredibly Difficult To Resist Our Desire To Form Narratives – To Tell Stories – Even If They May Not Be Altogether Correct – Or Correct At All

~ WL-S-CR-C-TTMIS-EITSHTBW-OMFCNOODEATT ~ We Like – Simplicity – Concrete Reasons – Causes – Things That Make Intuitive Sense – Even If That Sense Happens To Be Wrong – Our Minds Form Cohesive Narratives Out Of Disparate Elements All The Time

~ WNCISDHAC-ASOBDACOWOTO-WAOPTDS ~ We’re Not Comfortable If Something Doesn’t Have A Cause – And So Our Brains Determine A Cause One Way Or The Other – Without Asking Our Permission To Do So

~ WID-OBTTER-A-TDSAESOTRP-FFITG ~ When In Doubt – Our Brains Take The Easiest Route – And – They Do So At Every Stage Of The Reasoning Process – From Forming Inferences To Generalizations

~ LIB-WTWAFIO-IPPTPLTC ~ Logic Is Boring – We Think We’ve Already Figured It Out – In Pushing Past This Preconception Lies The Challenge

~ IWATAS-WAMLTFICATIWAAGMD-EITDAI ~ If We Are Told A Story – We Are More Likely To Find It Compelling And True If We Are Also Given More Details – Even If Those Details Are Irrelevant

~ SST-OL-FPAR-IMM-TCEPOILM ~ Stating Something Through – Out Loud – Forces Pauses And Reflection – It Mandates Mindfulness – To Consider Each Premise On Its Logical Merits

~ WE-O-IIOD ~ With Experience – Overconfidence – Increases Instead Of Decreases

~ SBOLNE ~ Success Breeds Overconfidence Like Nothing Else

~ THEE-WTTB-UOEP-A-OODO ~ The Hard-Easy Effect – We Tend To Be – Underconfident On Easy Problems – And – Overconfident On Difficult Ones

~ OIWF ~ Overconfidence Increases With Familiarity

~ OIWI-EITAIDAA-K-IASW ~ Overconfidence Increases With Information – Even If The Additional Information Doesn’t Actually Add – Knowledge – In A Significant Way

~ KY-AYE ~ Know Yourself – And Your Environment

~ O-CAT ~ Observe – Carefully And Thoughtfully

~ I-RTCTSYMNTYN ~ Imagine – Remembering To Claim The Space You May Not Think You Need

~ D-OFWYO-ANM ~ Deduce – Only From What You’ve Observed – And Nothing More

~ L-FYFJAYDFYS ~ Learn – From Your Failures Just As You Do From Your Successes

~ EIAWAG-BIN-P-OAOAO-LIBTGD ~ Education Is All Well And Good – But It Needs – Practice – Over And Over And Over – Lest It Begin To Gather Dust

~ WTD-KTOSTYTNNT-AIUH-EFTMEOE ~ Writing Things Down – Keeping Track Of Steps That You Think Need No Tracking – An Incredibly Useful Habit – Even For The Most Expert Of Experts

~ TC-NMHE-WCFTSOE-IWGTTM-M-ATPAMOMR-CHPIOATM-E&S ~ The Checklist – No Matter How Expert – We Can Forget The Simplest Of Elements – If We Go Through The Motions – Mindlessly – Anything That Prompts A Moment Of Mindful Reflection – Can Have Profound Influence On Our Ability To Maintain – Expertise And Success

~ P-UOHASTETMSSWBOTVTPTWWSHTM ~ Practice – Until Our Habits Are Such That Even The Most Severe Stressors Will Bring Out The Very Thought Patterns That We’ve Worked So Hard To Master

~ TWOBAIISTTW-W-TO-T ~ The Way Our Brains Act Is Infinitely Sensitive To The Way – We – Their Owners – Think

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