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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Our memories are weak, we are credulous and easily led to believe improbable or impossible things, our language is not optimally constructed. We are more apt to believe the argument because it works. Showing a photo of an angry person made participants in a study drink less of a lemon drink than those who were shown a photo of a happy person. Jul 25, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: Therefore, Socrates was mortal.

It was an enjoyable book, especially the many references to study that showed just how ‘kluge-y’ the brain is. I hope the book and Marcus’ 13 suggestions for becoming a better “thinker” stay with me.

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First of all, I learned a new word in reading “Kluge”, and I have used that word in conversation already. Feb 03, Rebecca rated it really liked it. Where Marcus goes stupidly wrong is his claim constrution if God really designed man. I guess I went in to this book already agreeing with the author. For the most part, we simply accept our mimd standard equipment.

I’m considering how I can make my home desk more like my work desk to maximise recall – at work.


A Kluge of Beliefs The elegance and kluginess of the human mind continues through the way we believe things. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The best science often comes from understanding not just how things are, but how else they could have been. A study where people were given a bunch of words that they were to unscramble into a sentence, and the words were things like ‘old’, ‘wise’, ‘Florida’, and ‘forgetful’. According to Marcus, a kluge is an effective, but inelegant solution to a problem.

Well, if you have academic credentials and you write in passingly clear prose, publishers will take a chance on you, I guess.

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.

Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

Everyone who has had back and neck problems can relate to this, However, that was the klueg. He would’ve given homo sapiens memory like a computer’s, what he calls “postal code memory,” in which each memory is at a specific address in the brain.

An edurite and constrkction exposition from one of the clearest minds in the business. The point, largely, is that the human brain, once so lauded see the Bible, Shakespeare, etc. Marcus is not shy about highlighting the fact that klugey nature of our minds does not bode well for arguments in favor of intelligent design. And had to explain it.


He recommends pretending that you xonstruction going to have to justify your decision after making it as a good way to make better decisions. Those who firmly believe they are in perfect control of their mind and in what happens to them and their bodies and who expect others to be the same might find this ‘message’ disconcerting. Marcus disagrees; he thinks some things that appear like flaws on the surface really are flaws, due to the fact that evolution is only concerned with what is good enough, not what would be ideal.

Marcus also offers surprisingly effective ways to outwit our inner kluge, for the betterment of ourselves pf society. But he doesn’t pause to consider why there mindd a growing world-wide epidemic of psychic constructtion, why children are unhappy or why women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression as men. According to Marcus, in favor of easier, prior beliefs, we often suspend a careful analysis of what really is.

He is also the author of the book Guitar Zero: However, I enjoyed On Intelligence better, if you’ve only got time to read one of the two. May 21, Bob Lake rated it liked it Shelves: