A 'kluge' is an engineering term for a makeshift solution, an inelegant construction that somehow works.
This is Gary Marcus' 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.
This is a breathtaking, witty and revolutionary book.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 01/03/2009
- Category: Human biology
- ISBN: 9780571236527