The Human Brain: It's a Wonder It Works, Oct. 23


Gary Marcus, director of NYU’s Center for Child Language, will discuss at an Oct. 23 lecture how evolution has produced a complex, but overloaded, neurological system that utilizes “contextual memory”-that is, we retrieve material out of our memories by using context or clues that hint at what we are looking for.

NYU Psychologist Gary Marcus Talks on Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

The human mind, far from being a highly efficient computer, is in fact the product of a bumpy evolutionary path, serving as a marvelous storage facility, but operating as a shaky retrieval system, concludes New York University’s Gary Marcus in his new book Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind (Houghton Mifflin, 2008). “Kluge”- a term popularized by computer pioneer Jackson Granholm- is “an ill-assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole.”

Marcus, director of NYU’s Center for Child Language, will discuss at an Oct. 23 lecture how evolution has produced a complex, but overloaded, neurological system that utilizes “contextual memory”-that is, we retrieve material out of our memories by using context or clues that hint at what we are looking for.

MEDIA ONLY: Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to James Devitt at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu, or Ken Brown at 212.998.9119 or ken.brown@nyu.edu.

  • WHAT: Lecture-“Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind”
  • WHO: Gary Marcus, Professor of Psychology, NYU
  • WHEN: Thurs., Oct. 23, 7-9 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue [between 11th and 12th Streets]; Subway: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 (Union Square)
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