Why the brain is a MacGyver lash-up

Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind. By Gary Marcus, Faber and Faber, €20.30

28th June, 2008

Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind. By Gary Marcus, Faber and Faber, €20.30

Human beings, it transpires, did not develop according to plan. Our single-column spines are woefully inadequate for bearing the load of our upright bodies (something we pay for in later life).

Our eyes, awkward constructions that misplace the retina and deposit clumps of wiring in the middle, leave us with unhelpful blind spots. And our capacity for speech, courtesy of...

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