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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For the most part, we simply accept our faults—as standard equipment. The chapter on language is especially fascinating, the chapters that cover rationalizations and happiness are more squirm-inducing than otherwise. It was possible to do better. In passing this book is an excellent critique of Intelligent Design — but where Darwin criticised this notion on the basis of the badly designed bits of the human body too many teeth for our mouths, a vestige tail bone, an appendix that does very little other than rupture occasionally and then kill us this book does much the same with our curiously badly designed brains.
The book itself has some strong points and raises some issues that appear to be somewhat profound, but in the end, from this reviewer’s perspective it vastly overreaches the evidence presented and attempts to draw conclusions in an authoritative manner that are a huge stretch. Though this book does revisit some territory I was already familiar with, his fundamental premise was compelling enough that it added a new dimension of understanding to the things that frustrate me about my own brain.
More importantly, none of them can be perfect, precisely because what we call our minds are also products of a very long process of evolution.
Interestin A long article stretched to a small book. Our memories are weak, we are credulous and easily led to believe improbable or impossible things, our language is not optimally constructed. Children and people with construvtion developed critical thinking skills are more likely to accept information at face value.
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Cogently explains, among other things, how we can’t trust our own assessments about, well, nearly everything. Lists with This Book. The reflexive is the older of the two, good at ,luge thinking.
Marcus indeed provides a final chapter entitled ‘True Wisdom’ which offers 13 suggestions anyone would do well to adopt in their everyday dealings with themselves and with others. Niente a che vedere con un progetto o una direzione, l’evoluzione ha usato strutture pre-esistenti per adattarsi.
I’m considering how I can make my home desk more like my work desk to maximise recall – at work.
I read the NOOkcolor ebook edition I thought I’d really love a book about evolution’s mistakes, especially one who shows irrefutably Creationists are. Tremendously enjoyable explication of the cobbled-together nature of thw human mind. After all, in information theory terms, eight numbers require a memory of only around 40 bits; the calculator’s memory is at least 1, We have built on the “old” brains of hominids and older ancestors and had to tackle new, shinier problems.
Anybody who has ever found themselves staring at the result of some financial indiscretion will well understand that evolution is clearly still working out the kinks on that one. First of all, I learned a new word in reading “Kluge”, and I have used that word in conversation already.
Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind
Jul 25, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: While I don’t agree with the author’s position in that regard, that is not the basis of my evaluation of his book. At one level of his argument, Marcus is presenting all of these kluges as a way of showing how illogical it is to claim that our minds are the product of some “intelligent” designer, since clearly our minds, through their very flaws, reveal themselves to be an amalgam of tendencies that have their origins in different points in evolutionary time.
He sets out to set the record straight, examining such ‘mind’ qualities as Memory, Belief, Choice, Language and Pleasure. See 2 questions about Kluge….
Anche strutture complesse come occhi o polmoni. Another day, another gripe about irrationality and cognitive deficiencies. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This is a tbe almost too short and accessible introduction to the idea that the human mind is, well, not as perfect as we like to believe. Thanks for telling us about the problem. View all 3 comments. A Kluge of Beliefs The elegance and kluginess of the human mind continues through the way we believe things.
I found items in my own life explained that have always bothered me deeply why is goal setting so difficult – it always seems like future discounting takes away the desire to to good goal setting.
I Claude want to know hapbazard kluge and what makes it so differently than my own juman and how I think about the brain? Refresh and try again. I have to wonder, however, if he is right.
Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind by Gary F. Marcus
We have thus come to learn that no human being’s body is ‘perfect’: Our original primate brain reflexive has had layered on top of it a “deliberative” section. Yet, for all this, Marcus’s analysis shares a fault with the evolutionary psychologists he criticises: Then jind the list is just walking through the building.
In some ways the start of this is just The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making put into chapters and continuous prose. Priming is a cognitive bias which causes us to make decisions based on an initial value provided to us. These are the sorts of things you can never hear too often — avoiding confirmation bias where we select the facts that support our views and ignore those that challenge them, trying to think of klufe, reframing things so as to see what we are thinking about in another light — all of these are things we do far too infrequently and would be better people if we did them more often.
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. The point, largely, is that the human brain, once so lauded see the Bible, Shakespeare, etc. It begs the question by analogy that if because simple physical tools such as the lever improve the function of the human arm, that consttruction means the human arm is deficient in whole because it doesn’t measure up to the specialized application in this regard.
The ideal of ‘perfection’ is our greatest illusion. The hindbrain has been around the longest and is in charge of the real basics, breathing, hunger, balance, awa “My brain! Originally Posted at http: