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); $ Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind is a non-fiction book by American psychologist Gary Marcus. A “kluge” is a patched-together.

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It is in this area that we have been misled for millennia by Plato’s rationalisation of these Ideals as being the only true Reality, with everything else, everything in the real world, being merely ‘shadows’ of those Ideals, not reality itself. While evolution evoltuion lead to supremely well-designed and efficient organisms and biological processes, it also leads klute a lot of junk. Scientist went to study an isolated indigeneous group in Russia and presented an individual with “In a certain town in siberia, all bears are white.

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. For the most part, we simply accept our faults –such as our emotional outbursts, our mediocre memories, and our vulnerability to prejudice–as standard equipment.

Therefore, Socrates was mortal. It begs the question by analogy that if because simple physical tools such as the lever improve the function of the human arm, that that means the human arm is deficient in whole because it doesn’t measure up to the specialized application in this regard.

Account Options Sign in. Strong general appeals are made within the book to logic and the idea that if there were a teleological goal in the creation of man and the human mind, according to the author, it would be expected that such a purposeful design should have rendered a better result.

One annoying thing – he gradually uses more footnotes klug the end of the book. His chapter on language as a kluge, haphazarc of grammatical and linguistic incongruities, nind particularly strong, although his basic argument is almost drowned in a flood of examples. Accepting things at face value was selected for in the harsh environment of our ancestors. Originally Posted at http: My memory is a constant source of disappointment.


Throughout, he shows how only evolution — haphazard and klueg — could have produced the minds we humans have, while making a brilliant case for the power and usefulness of imperfection. Jun 06, Laura Carmignani rated it really liked it.

He unveils a fundamentally new way eovlution looking at the human mind — think duct tape, not supercomputer — that sheds light on some of the most mysterious aspects of human nature. Why do I find it so difficult to remember a klube of eight numbers, haphasard my pocket calculator can do it without hesitation or error?

As one of them, Jim Lovell, later recalled, “The contraption wasn”t very handsome, but it worked. Too often the views those who disagree with Marcus are presented and dealt with swiftly through a few rhetorical questions. I have a clearer yhe of my cognitive biases and with this I can hopefully make better decisions.

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Up front, the author jumps to the material of Richard Daw It Might be evidence of its own Conclusion This book is eolution own best argument for the haphazard, meandering quality of the human brain and the human thinking process. Want to Read saving….

Oct 20, Joel rated it liked it. I’m trying to run on all my circuits, not simply the ones that evolved first.

For some people this might sound terrifying, if only because this questions the very nature of our ‘absolute certainties’ on about just about anything we believe, remember, feel, etc. Lists with This Book.

Similar to Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, Kluge gave me a bit of insight into how to combat the flaws in my brain’s design and to live more rationally. I guess I went in to this book already agreeing with the author. Might have been too pop for my tastes — but it sparked my curiosity to read more academic treatments of adaptationism and optimality in cognitive science.


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Houghton Mifflin Hwphazard- Psychology – pages. Such a misconception creates real problems for ‘ordinary’ human haohazard who as a result cannot, or are unable to perceive themselves as having anything to do with ‘ideal beauty’ or ‘ideal perfection’.

On another level, his purpose in writing this book is to poke a hole in the arguments of evloution evolutionary haphaazard, who believe that every aspect of our psychology can be discovered to have an underlying adaptive basis.

Okay, so this is more of a “things I learnt from the book” than a review, oh well. I will be writing a probably vitriolic post on this topic tomorrow at http: Apr 12, Derrick rated it really liked it Shelves: I Claude want to know about kluge and what makes it so differently than my own thoughts and how I think about the brain?

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. The point, largely, is that the human brain, once so lauded see the Bible, Shakespeare, etc.

It can systematically plan and prepare, but it can also disregard those prepared plans in favor of humah and short-term gratification. Kluge is a great read, offering some keen insight into the way the human mind works. See 2 questions about Kluge…. Jul 25, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: 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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