Kluge, Paperback Book


A 'kluge' is an engineering term for a makeshift solution, an inelegant construction that somehow works.

This is Gary Marcus's analogy for the way the human mind has evolved.

Arguing against a whole tradition that praises our human minds as the most perfect result of evolution, Marcus shows how imperfect and ill-adapted our brains really are.

They have had to adapt from the environment of our early hominid origins to a complex world in which our penchant for short-term satisfactions is literally fatal.

We are prone to rages, addictions and other habits that limit our capacity for rational action in every sphere, from food to politics.

A breathtaking, witty and revolutionary book.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Human biology
  • ISBN: 9780571236527

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