Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind

Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind


How is it that we will be able to realize photographs from our highschool yearbook a long time later, yet can't take into accout what we ate for breakfast the day prior to this? And why are we vulnerable to shop for extra cans of soup if the signal says "LIMIT 12 consistent with buyer" instead of "LIMIT four consistent with CUSTOMER?" In Kluge, Gary Marcus argues convincingly that our minds aren't as elegantly designed as we may possibly think. The imperfections end result from a haphazard evolutionary technique that frequently proceeds by means of piling new platforms on best of outdated ones—and these platforms don’t continuously paintings good jointly. the top product is a "kluge," an awkward, cobbled-together contraption. Taking us on a travel of the basic components of human experience—memory, trust, determination making, language, and happiness—Marcus unveils a essentially new manner of the evolution of the human brain and at the same time sheds mild on probably the most mysterious facets of human nature.

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