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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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Yet, for all this, Marcus’s analysis shares a fault with the evolutionary psychologists he criticises: The most exciting thing I learnt is that memory is context-dependent. Marcus in questo saggio considera l’essere umano un kluge — un accrocchio, insomma. What”s really amazing–in hindsight–is that most people probably didn”t even realize it was possible to do better. Engineers sometimes devise them for sport, just to show that something–say, building a computer out of Tinkertoys– can be done, or simply because they”re too lazy to do something the right way.

I have a clearer picture of my cognitive biases and with this I can hopefully make better decisions. But it”s still flawed, often in ways we scarcely mluge.

Both syllogisms follow evoolution same structure, but if you insert new words into the major and minor premises, the argument makes little sense.

Ultimately, however, appreciation of this reality of our imperfection can only result in the acquisition of greater wisdom, not only about ourselves and the external world, but also in regard how we ‘deal’ personally, socially, politically, etc.

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

All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. These are the sorts of things you can never hear too often — avoiding confirmation bias where we uhman the facts that support our views and ignore those that challenge them, trying to think of alternatives, 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.


With these types of elements interspersed throughout the book, this reader found it to have a quality of an entertaining professor giving a lecture who perhaps would be popular with students because of his style and idiosyncracies, but at the end of the lf would leave the hall feeling entertained but somehow wondering what the substance haphazad. However, I enjoyed On Intelligence better, if you’ve only got time to read one of the two.

Not that I mean that as a bad thing — quite the opposite. I will be writing a probably vitriolic post on this topic tomorrow at http: If I tell you that “Every sailor loves a girl,” you have no idea whether I mean one girl in particular say, Betty Sue or whether I”m really saying “to each his own.

The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind.

Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

Where Marcus goes stupidly wrong is his claim that if God really designed man. May 25, Lena rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And this, I think, is a great metaphor for our everyday acceptance of the idiosyncrasies of the human mind. It’s who we are. A long article stretched to a small book.

In fact, they’re a “kluge” of different evolutionary developments, each overlaying on top of each other.

Trial-and-error evolution

Refresh and try again. Priming is a cognitive bias which causes us to make decisions based on an initial value provided to us. Books by Gary F.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Yet these are the skills that human survival depends on, the products of 3bn years of trial-and-error evolution. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The title rhymes with ‘rouge’ or ‘scrooge’, and is slang for ‘a clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem’.


Goodreads helps you keep hhe of books evvolution want to read. He also recommends some ideas on how to get past these mind design failures.

Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind – Gary Marcus – Google Books

This guy read like 10 books by Dan Ariely, then wrote a book report about it. We have built on the “old” brains of hominids and older ancestors and had to tackle new, shinier problems.

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. Computers are designed, minds have evolved.

All of these are kluges: Instead God desifned man with contextual memory which has us retrieve memory by thinking of something related to what we want to remember.

As a piece of argument it falls short. There is just too little presented to justify some of the reaches attempted. He recommends pretending that you are going to have to justify your decision after making it as a good way to make better decisions.

Yes, the human brain does seem to have been made in rather a “hodge-podge” manner, but it has been necessarily so. The best science, like the best engineering, often comes from understanding not just how things are, but how else they could have been. Recognizing a kluge, such as the human mind, requires thinking outside the box. For this reason, the choices we make are often wrong.

The ideal of ‘perfection’ is our greatest illusion. Originally Posted at http: