Maria Konnikova

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A recap of MASTERMIND’s second publication month

February 27, 2013

It’s hard to believe that February is nearly over–and so, too, is MASTERMIND’s (almost) second month of life. It has been quite the whirlwind.


A lot has happened over the last few weeks. MASTERMIND was reviewed by the Barnes & Noble Review, which called it “knowledgeable…comes together beautifully,” appeared on io9’s list of 23 science books so exciting they read like fiction, and was featured in Scientific American‘s new monthly video series with Carin Bondar, SciAm Cinema. A few new book-related pieces I wrote–for Wired UKBig Issue, United Academicsand the UK Huffington Post–came out, and two new excerpts were published, in Harvard Magazine’s March/April issue (with a gorgeous illustration by Boris Kulikov, featured here, above) and the Globe and Mail. A talk I gave at the RSA was put online, as were my conversation with Team Locals in Portsmouth and an excerpt of my conversation with Big Think. I also did a few more radio appearances, for NHPR’s Word of Mouth, WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks, the Tom Dunne show on Newstalk, BBC’s Nightwaves with Matthew Sweet, the BBC Robert Elms show,and RTE’s Radio 1 – and a few podcasts, with Little Atoms and the Baker Street Babes. I also did a live Q&A with the Guardian (which includes a link to the podcast we taped while I was in the UK) and a Reddit AMA, which was a lot of fun. And last of all, some written Q&A’s that I did for Pursuit Magazine, the Baker Street Beat, Robert Morris’s Blogging on Business, and the Page 99 Test.

More updates to come, but for now, I’m fairly updated out…as, I am sure, are you.

Image credit: Boris Kulikov, from the March/April 2013 issue of Harvard Magazine.


  1. bueskytter says:

    привет :)

    Congrats for well deserved achievements.

    Warning I’m by no means a psychologist so I can’t judge with certainty lacking the all info.
    However I’d like to bring to your attention some works I found marvelous in a sense they all tell the same story very similar or at least compatible with yours.

    In a order I discovered them:
    Eckhart Tolle’s writings – his take on Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Jesus and what have you are astonishing especially when it comes to mind.

    Revolver movie by Guy Ritchie (also directed Sherlock Holmes movies) – tells a story of ‘How to loose an ego’ with help of Kaballistic mysticism, chess and you name it. A way to do an Individuation thriller.

    Internal Family Systems psychotherapy very nicely presented by Dr. Gerlach on youtube (gercacn channel)

    And if you agree with Jung’s view on Government I recommend :)

    And with that is closely related John Bradshaw (makes emphasis on peacefull parenting), which is another best selling author you no doubt know.

    And a new book ‘Manual’ from Dr. Faye Snyder I haven’t read yet.

    If you happen to be familiar with any of these I’d like to know your opinion. And if it can help you widen your horizons even better.

    Live long and prosper.

  2. Richard Got Lee says:

    I adore your book, but I am deeply sorry to say it has no wisdom. As Captain Nemo once said to Professor Arronax in ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Seas’, ‘Your book is brilliant, but it lacks scope.’ So your book is of great intellect, which I personally love, but gives little credit to Dr Watson’s, Inspector Lestrade’s, and Gregson’s great talents Sherlock Holmes does not possess. They are just as talented as Sherlock Holmes, its just that their talents are different. What’s more, as Dr Watson is older and wiser than Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson has great flexibility that Sherlock Holmes is badly lacking. So I actually admire Dr Watson even more than Sherlock Holmes, himself I have tremendous admiration. I would also like to point out that Sherlock Holmes is not superior to the others in terms of talents, but equal. So maybe you should also write a book called ‘How to Think Like Dr Watson’, one for Inspector Lestrade and Gregson. In this way, your views would be more balanced. Thank you Madam, and good day. Best of luck next time!

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