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  • noun Plural form of kluge.


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  • Nature works through what the philosopher William C. Wimsatt has called borrowing a programming term "kluges"--suboptimal and inelegant solutions to evolutionary problems, in which slight modifications of existing structures generate new entities.

    The Debate Over Intelligent Design

  • By considering the kluges peppering the history of organic structures, scientists have dismissed the assumption that adaptation is always rational, allowing for empirically grounded reductions of the examples proffered by their critics.

    The Debate Over Intelligent Design

  • The environment has no foresight or overarching plan, unlike the intelligent designer, and so kluges are frequently messy, inefficient and highly contingent.

    The Debate Over Intelligent Design

  • In his attempt to define the "klugey-ness" of the human mind, Marcus would have us look no further than our memories, which he describes as "the mother of all kluges."

    Faulty Powers

  • WRF model with all of its kluges on analytical or real cases to determine the impact on the accuracy of the numerics of all of the smoothing at the boundaries, filters, divergence damping numerical instability and other games that have been played.

    Exponential Growth in Physical Systems #2 « Climate Audit

  • The WRF model will have considerable difficulties using that balancing method because of all of the kluges at the boundaries.

    Exponential Growth in Physical Systems #2 « Climate Audit

  • Design, at least design carried out by an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful God, can be reasonably assumed to be free of large numbers of sub-optimal, even harmful kluges.

    Denton vs Squid; the eye as suboptimal design. - The Panda's Thumb

  • This deep respect for our powers is sometimes lacking in the sciences, where many are taught to believe that our brains and bodies are taped together, far-from-optimal kluges.

    The Full Feed from

  • These and other inborn capabilities we take for granted are not kluges, they're not "good enough," and they're more than merely smart.

    The Full Feed from

  • The other thing that happened to the Linux experience is that savvy software vendors started to offer Linux support out of the box, rather than through painful kluges.

    Medlogs - Recent stories


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