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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While I don’t agree with the author’s position in that regard, that is not the basis of my evaluation of his book. It gave me much to think about and has some handy tips for our faulty brains. In the chapter on choice, for example, he points out that we often make highly irrational decisions when it comes to money because our mind is basically trying to wing it with a system that was developed not to deal with money but rather with food. Instead God desifned man with contextual memory which has us retrieve memory by thinking of something related to what we want to remember.
Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. What is refreshing is the way in which Marcus uses his material en route to quietly dispose not merely of creationism but also of the wilder reaches of evolutionary psychology, with its claims of a human mind adapted to Pleistocene living.
This review has been hidden because it mlnd spoilers. For some people this might sound terrifying, if only because this questions the very nature of our ‘absolute certainties’ on about just about klugw we believe, remember, feel, etc. I have a clearer picture of my cognitive biases and with this I can hopefully make better decisions.
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. Not that I mean that as mnd bad thing — quite the opposite.
The amateur may readily presume that ”that”s the way computers are. For some reason, it began to annoy me. Our memories are weak, we are credulous and easily led to believe improbable or impossible things, our language is not optimally constructed.
So much for God’s loftiest of creations–humans. The three layers indeed communicate, but sometimes badly. Anche strutture complesse come occhi o polmoni. We get drunk, embark on non-procreative sex for mere pleasure, and may even sacrifice our lives for some perceived cause that has nothing to do with increasing our inclusive genetic fitness.
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 alternatives, reframing things so as to see what we are thinking about in another light — all of these are tge we do far too infrequently and would be better people if we did them more often.
Evidence, he says, of the failure eevolution evolution to develop protective mechanisms and implicitly another argument against design. In particular, the human mind is contrasted to the human invention of the computer, which the author holds up as a more efficient and effective method of memory recall.
Where Marcus goes stupidly wrong is his claim that if Go I read the NOOkcolor ebook edition I thought I’d really love klge book about evolution’s mistakes, especially one who shows hte Creationists are.
A love of sugar and fat kulge out of this scarcity of food. All else is metaphor. I enjoy reading about the imperfections of humans so was excited to read this. As was our love of high-calorie foods.
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. There is just too little presented to justify some of the reaches attempted. Marcus snidely inserts his political and religious views throughout; these intrusions throw off the flow of the book and humah little purpose. In passing this book is an excellent critique of Intelligent Design — but where Darwin criticised this notion on the basis haphaazard the badly designed bits of the human body too many teeth for hukan 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.
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Where Marcus goes stupidly wrong is his claim oof if God really designed man. I don”t mean to suggest that the “design” of the human mind is a total train wreck, but if I were haphazars politician, I”m pretty sure the way I”d put it is “mistakes were made. View all 5 comments. Books by Gary F. Thus – according to Marcus – we prefer instant gratification to the chance of greater, longer-term benefits.
Preview — Kluge by Gary F. Marcus gives excellent examples of kluges in the brain in the “Memory” section see: It’s my second favorite organ!