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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We all too often surrender our judgment to the subconscious, or blindly trust our instincts without actually thinking. 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.

In his final chapter, Marcus makes a good argument that we all need to understand the sloppy shortcuts evolution made with our minds so that we can better defend ourselves against the tendency of advertisers, politicians, cults and the like to exploit the flaws in the system, and he concludes with a useful, point listing of concrete steps we can take to counteract the built-in weaknesses of our klugey brains.

Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

Preview — Kluge by Gary F. This guy read like 10 books by Dan Ariely, then wrote a book report about it. Once events are no more than a few weeks or months removed, the past blurs together.

The best science often comes from understanding not just how things are, but how else they could have been. It’s better at weighing the pros and cons of a decision and thinking about how our choices affect us in the future.


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

To ask other readers questions about Klugeplease sign up. For the most part, we simply accept our faults—as standard equipment.

The most exciting thing I learnt is that memory is context-dependent. Marcus uses the term “kluge” from engineering to describe the many ways in which the human mind is sub-optimal from the point of view of some imagined “perfect” design.

Very accessible and full of enough lame jokes and fun asides to keep it from being too scientific. It was possible to do better.

Trial-and-error evolution

The best explanation why and what to do with our brain glitches. Yet these are the skills that human survival depends on, the products of 3bn years of trial-and-error evolution. A Kluge of Beliefs The elegance and kluginess of the human mind continues through the way we believe things. What the reader gains, on the other hand, is wonderfully liberating and leads, naturally, to an kind of wisdom.

It involves him in some significant giant-slaying as he takes on not only Noam Chomsky but also, by implication, Steven Pinker, although this hasn’t inhibited the latter from providing a generous jacket commendation for the book. The basis of Marcus’ argument is that evolution was working with the tools at hand when it whipped up the more complex parts of our brain and that the result, while generally functio Kluge is a slang term for “a clumsy or inelegant solution to consfruction problem.

The human mind in effect invented and refined the computer to a specialized purpose, which of course is going to handle the tasks it is created to do more efficiently than the human mind, otherwise there would be no purpose in creating it. Before agriculture, haphwzard hunter gathering ancestors were not guaranteed a constant supply of food as most of us are today. Marcus takes a new slant: Kluge is a slang term for “a clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem.


The reflexive is I enjoy reading about the imperfections of humans so was excited to read this. They see the brain as a little less imperfect than he does. This is for you, Kirsti!

In fact, they’re a “kluge” of different evolutionary developments, each overlaying on top of each other. Your neighbor went to that town and saw a bear.

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Marcus offers the story of Apollo 13 mission control engineer, Ed Smylie, as an example of haphazarc well-known kluge. Jul 25, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: As a piece of argument it falls short.

The title rhymes with ‘rouge’ or ‘scrooge’, and is slang for ‘a clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem’.

Why do I find it so difficult to remember a string of eight numbers, when my pocket calculator can do it without hesitation or error? A psychologist offers a child one marshmallow, offering a second marshmallow if the child maintains self-control until the psychologist returns.

Occasionally, donstruction mentions disapprovingly evolutionary psychologists’ willingness to look for underlying rationality in what are commonly regarded as failures in the brain, but his difference with them is yhe one of degree.

All in all, I think an objective reader will glean a few nuggets and interesting facts, but the experience of this book will leave them a little flat. Want to Read Currently Reading Hapahzard. Feb 28, Konrad Joseph rated it it was amazing.