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Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind is a non-fiction book by American psychologist Gary Marcus. A “kluge” is a patched-together. May 30, Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind by Gary Marcus pp, Faber, £ Why do I find it so difficult to remember a string. Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind. Gary Marcus. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, pages, ISBN: (hbk); $

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Niente a che vedere con un progetto o una direzione, l’evoluzione ha usato strutture pre-esistenti per adattarsi. I find the style off-putting, but this may be ascribed to a residual cisatlantic snobbery. Is there anything in Marcus’ book not covered by Linden?

This is the part that all of the fuss is about. Want to Read saving….

Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

And he’s a snappy writer. He also recommends some ideas on how to get past these mind design failures.

While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them. High-energy foods leading to the pleasure of dopamine release motivated our ancestors to crave these foods, and get the energy needed to survive. The human mind is a fantastic kluge and it is a quirky yet magnificent product of the entirely blind process kf evolution. In tje words, despite its reliability in As this book suggests, the human mind is a mixture of inconsistencies.

At the conclusion of the book, Marcus outlines a course of action for helping people and society become more rational. First of all, I learned a new word in reading “Kluge”, and I have used that word in conversation already.


It is usually limited to the realm of the Arts, where it ‘exists’ only as an Ideal, but is conetruction in philosophy and reasoning as well.

Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind by Gary F. Marcus

In Kludge, Gary Marcus highlights a number of design problems with the mind and explains the corresponding evolutionary reasons why these problems have arisen.

The chapter on language is especially fascinating, the chapters that cover rationalizations and happiness are more squirm-inducing than otherwise. The hindbrain has been around the longest and is in charge of the real basics, breathing, hunger, balance, awareness, things that animals need from humble newt on “up.

We get drunk, embark on non-procreative sex for mere pleasure, and may even sacrifice our lives for some perceived cause that has nothing to do with increasing our inclusive genetic fitness. A love of sugar and fat developed out of this scarcity of food. Another day, another gripe about irrationality and cognitive deficiencies. Nov 15, Melody rated it really liked it. Throughout, he shows how only evolution — haphazard and undirected — could have produced the minds we humans have, while making a brilliant case for the power and usefulness of imperfection.

Jun 28, Robert rated it really liked it. The reflexive is the older of the two, good at quick thinking. According to Marcus, in favor of easier, prior beliefs, we often suspend a careful analysis of what really is. This is a short almost too short and accessible introduction to the idea that the human mind is, well, not as perfect as we like to believe.

Most of these points seem worth pursuing, if for nothing else making oneself and others a little less susceptible to advertisers, and I might take a the book out from the library a second time just to go over that last chapter again. He ends the book with some advice on how we can handle our imperfect minds – sort of like a self-help book on how we can deal with our klugey minds.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It is a great metaphor for our everyday acceptance of the idiosyncrasies of the human mind, imaginably impressive, a lot better than any available alternative. He does justifiably grind his ax against the absurdity of creationism at times, but overall the book is very light-hearted, amusing, and engaging.

It suggests that we evolved enough to surive, rather than to the very best, so many human systems the spine, our reasoning capacities, even language is just “good enough”, and often not the optimal, but rather a kluge which does the job needed but nothing more. Mar 21, Colin rated it it was amazing. To be human, therefore, means to be quintessentially ‘imperfect’: There are plenty of great reviews on Goodreads which summarise and review.

This guy read like 10 books by Dan Ariely, then wrote a book report about it.

This is a book where if you are paying close enough attention you might see yourself over and over again.