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Morgan

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  • Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gary Marcus
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    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 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.

    Joshua Kim says: "Elegant"
    "Author's thinking a bit klugy"
    Overall

    (This it the first review I've written for Audible after listening to perhaps 30 books. My motivation was primarily my dissatisfaction with the book.)

    The book and the author's expertise on the brain could have been so much more and compares poorly to others of the same subgenre (e.g., The Paradox of Choice).

    Unfortunately, this author decided to use his book on the brain as a bully pulpit for pontificating about how he would have done so much better designing the human mind "if it were up to him". He also erroneously argues that the information he presents is new and proves evolution. His argument, boiled down, is: the human mind is imperfect, therefore it must be the product of chance, not design. This is where I as a reader start to yawn and think "why am I spending my time listening to someone try to argue such a position?" He seems to think that we as the human race haven't known for millenia that human memory is weak and often our perceptions are mistaken and that somehow he's bringing these things to everyone's attention as something new.

    Bottom line: marginally worth the time to listen to, if you can endure the author's faulty logic; author is a bit filled with himself and "how he would do it" if he were god; much better books in this subgenre.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful

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