Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind

by Gary Marcus

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | April 7, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
How is it that we can recognize photos from our high school yearbook decades later, but cannot remember what we ate for breakfast yesterday? And why are we inclined to buy more cans of soup if the sign says "LIMIT 12 PER CUSTOMER" rather than "LIMIT 4 PER CUSTOMER?" In Kluge, Gary Marcus argues convincingly that our minds are not as elegantly designed as we may believe. The imperfections result from a haphazard evolutionary process that often proceeds by piling new systems on top of old ones-and those systems don’t always work well together. The end product is a "kluge," a clumsy, cobbled-together contraption. Taking us on a tour of the essential areas of human experience-memory, belief, decision making, language, and happiness-Marcus unveils a fundamentally new way of looking at the evolution of the human mind and simultaneously sheds light on some of the most mysterious aspects of human nature.

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Published: April 7, 2009

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0547348088

ISBN - 13: 9780547348087

Found in: Science and Nature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Stuff I had to read this book twice...it caught my attention and just wouldn't let go. You will agree with the author even though you will not want to. I see the way people act and he nails the "why do we act this way?" right on the head. Mr Marcus makes a very strong case explaining how humans seem to say one thing and do another. This is a difficult subject and he is easy to read. You will like this, even though you may not always agree with his conclusions.
Date published: 2008-05-18

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Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind

by Gary Marcus

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 7, 2009

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547348088

ISBN - 13: 9780547348087

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How is it that we can recognize photos from our high school yearbook decades later, but cannot remember what we ate for breakfast yesterday? And why are we inclined to buy more cans of soup if the sign says "LIMIT 12 PER CUSTOMER" rather than "LIMIT 4 PER CUSTOMER?" In Kluge, Gary Marcus argues convincingly that our minds are not as elegantly designed as we may believe. The imperfections result from a haphazard evolutionary process that often proceeds by piling new systems on top of old ones-and those systems don’t always work well together. The end product is a "kluge," a clumsy, cobbled-together contraption. Taking us on a tour of the essential areas of human experience-memory, belief, decision making, language, and happiness-Marcus unveils a fundamentally new way of looking at the evolution of the human mind and simultaneously sheds light on some of the most mysterious aspects of human nature.