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Q&A | February 27, 2014 2 comments
Describe your latest book. The Enchanted is a story narrated by a man on death row. The novel was inspired by my work as a death penalty... Continue »
Gary MarcusDescribe your latest project.
Kluge is a curmudgeonly yet optimistic guide to all that is clumsy and absurd about the human mind.
It's also a kind of alternative take on the field of evolutionary psychology, which has often placed too much emphasis on the things that evolution does really well without enough attention to the consequences of evolution's intrinsic blindness.
Kluge is also, in a funny way, a self-help book; the more we know about our own species-wide limitations, the better equipped we will be to do something about them.
I spend my days trying to understand how the mind works. The questions are fascinating, and I think it's important for scientists to share what they learn with the broader public.
I also love the process of writing itself, and the challenge of taking complex ideas and distilling them to their essence.
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Gary Marcus is a professor of psychology at New York University and director of the NYU Infant Language Learning Center. A high school dropout, Marcus received his Ph.D. at age twenty-three from MIT, where he was mentored by Steven Pinker. He was a tenured professor by age thirty. The author of The Birth of the Mind and editor of the Norton Psychology Reader, he has been a fellow at the prestigious Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, and other major publications.