Kluge (Heftet)

The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

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Innbinding: Heftet
Utgivelsesår: 2009
Antall sider: 224
Forlag: Faber & Faber
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9780571236527
Omtale: Kluge
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.

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