Are we noble in reason? Perfect, in God’s image? Far from it says New
York University psychologist Gary Marcus. In this lucid and revealing
book, Marcus argues that the mind is not an elegantly designed organ but
rather a “kluge,” a clumsy, cobbled-together contraption. He unveils a
fundamentally new way of looking at the human mind—think duct tape,
not supercomputer—that sheds light on some of the most mysterious
aspects of human nature.
Taking us on a tour of the fundamental
areas of human experience—memory, belief, decision-making, language,
and happiness—Marcus reveals the myriad ways our minds fall short. He
examines why people often vote against their own interests, why money
can’t buy happiness, why leaders often stick to bad decisions, and why a
sentence like “people people left left” ties us in knots even though
it’s only four words long.
Marcus also offers surprisingly
effective ways to outwit our inner kluge, for the betterment of
ourselves and society. Throughout, he shows how only evolution—haphazard and undirected—could have produced the minds we humans
have, while making a brilliant case for the power and usefulness of
imperfection. Download and start listening now!