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Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind [Kindle Edition]

Gary Marcus
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Book Description

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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  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0618879641
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JTHWQ4
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 stars... October 5, 2014
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Good job in portraying how we (might have) evolved to be the interesting and confusing human beings we are today. I say might have, because really, who knows how we got here? It is just short of 5 stars because he spends a bit much on how we are not computers, holding them up as examples of "perfect memory". But if they are, then why is "big data" all the rage, and we are still trying to figure out how to make sense of it? In other words, computers don't have a perfect way to do anything yet either. And BTW we, humans, invented computers, so maybe this is part of our evolution, adding another layer on top of our "carbon-based emotional bag-of-water" foundation?

I highly recommend the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book June 9, 2013
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Whether you are a student, scientist or just ordinary person, this book is fabulous. I read it for my final report in AP Psychology and I loved it. It was so interesting and posed some really interesting points. Fast read chock full of information. It really makes you think about the mind differently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read July 21, 2013
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Excellent read many of the experiments mentioned Re from the book thinking fast and slow . However author has done a great job of summarizing our mental fallacies
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