Maria Konnikova
Columnist, The New Yorker

Maria Konnikova is the author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (2013) and the The Confidence Game (2016). She is a columnist for The New Yorker online and lives in New York.

Written by Maria Konnikova

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Essay/
Sex and sexuality
Pornucopia

Critics say that porn degrades women, dulls sexual pleasure, and ruins authentic relationships – are they right?

Maria Konnikova

William Powell (left) and John Barrymore as the title character in Sherlock Holmes, a 1922 silent film. Photo by John Springer Collection/Corbis

Essay/
Love and friendship
The empathy machine

Sherlock was right – new research shows that seeing through another’s eyes takes a detached mind not just a warm heart

Maria Konnikova