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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And now Gary Marcus comes along to explain that the brain is just a patched-together mass of cells that rarely interact smoothly. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

There is just too little presented to justify some of the reaches attempted. And the newest area, the kf, sits atop the rest and governs language and decision making. Deep Blue could beat Kasparov at a game demanding cognitive strategies, but ask it to escape from a predator, find food or a mate, and negotiate the complex interactions of social life outside the chessboard or express emotion when it lost a game, and it couldn’t even leave the launchpad. I hope oc book and Marcus’ 13 suggestions for becoming a better “thinker” stay with me.

Gary Marcus, NYU tne of psychology, is intent on letting you know that your brain is not as rational as you think it is. 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 hphazard 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 explains how humans rely both on reflexive and deliberative systems.

According to Marcus, in favor of easier, prior beliefs, we often suspend a careful analysis of what really is. I find the style off-putting, but this may be ascribed to a residual cisatlantic snobbery. Yet, for all this, Marcus’s analysis shares a fault with the evolutionary psychologists he criticises: It’s not about perfection, just function.

Taking us on a tour of the fundamental areas of human experience — memory, belief, decision-making, haphwzard, and happiness — Marcus reveals the myriad ways our minds fall short. Recognizing a kluge, such as the human mind, requires thinking outside the box.

Very accessible and full of enough lame jokes and fun asides to keep it from being too scientific. Hapjazard suggest we should evaluate products on their expected utility, how much pleasure they will bring. Your neighbor went to that town and saw a bear.

Trial-and-error evolution

A love of sugar humaj fat developed out of this scarcity of food. He sets out to set the record straight, examining such ‘mind’ qualities as Memory, Belief, Choice, Language and Pleasure. It was an enjoyable book, especially the many references to study that showed just how ‘kluge-y’ the brain is. To view it, klube here. In each chapter, Marcus details various maddening brain systems ranging from memory to belief to pleasure and offers intriguing reasons why they so often fail to work as we would like them to.


May 10, Jessie B. The chapter on language is especially fascinating, the chapters that cover rationalizations and happiness are more squirm-inducing than otherwise.

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Kluge (book) – Wikipedia

As this book suggests, the human mind is a mixture of inconsistencies. Mond in questo saggio considera l’essere umano un kluge — un accrocchio, insomma. Our memories are weak, we are credulous and easily led to believe improbable or impossible things, our language is not optimally constructed. On the way out of the study, these people walked out slower than other groups.

In other words, despite its reliability in As this book suggests, the human mind is a mixture of inconsistencies. 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. Jul 25, O rated it really liked it Tje What color was the bear? So when the book concludes with 13 tips on how to bypass our kluges and find “true wisdom”, one may be forgiven for thinking that the spirit of Samuel Smiles has taken over Marcus’s keyboard.

All of these are kluges: