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Kluge : the haphazard evolution of the human mind

Author: Gary F Marcus
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st Mariner books edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Marcus, Gary F. (Gary Fred).
Kluge.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2009
(OCoLC)268797536
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gary F Marcus
ISBN: 9780547348087 0547348088
OCLC Number: 759834655
Notes: Subtitle on most other editions of this book: The haphazard construction of the human mind.
Description: 1 online resource (211 pages)
Contents: Remnants of history --
Memory --
Belief --
Choice --
Language --
Pleasure --
Things fall apart --
True wisdom.
Responsibility: Gary Marcus.

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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.

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