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THE NAKED APE: Exploring the science and cultural evolution of human psychology, behavior, cognition, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, and consciousness. (Uh, did I miss anything?)

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Welcome to THE NAKED APE

Those who’ve know me for some time know that I have a moderately strong interest in human consciousness and psychology. Although mind and body cannot exist without one another – and indeed they shape one another – it does seem that the very core of the human experience of ‘self’ exists in the brain alone.

We all know that much of the functioning and maintenance of our body is controlled covertly by the brain or by biological systems that work beneath our threshold of awareness. We do not consciously decide to sweat, or digest our food, or replace our cells.

And yet, in spite of the fact that we know this, we still cling to the illusion that the functioning of our thoughts, our decisions, our perceptions, our preferences, our memories, and our reasoning are under our direct, conscious control.

But neuroscience and psychology are now showing us that this simply is not the case—that the processes of mind and awareness function just as covertly as our biological systems.

That fascinates me!

How is it that the mind – that place of concealment – is also the one place in which awareness itself is known to exist?

The truth is that we don’t know ourselves as well as we’d like to believe. We don’t control our decisions, our perceptions, our motivations, or our memories as well as we think we do.

THE NAKED APE was created to explore these important topics. I welcome any post on human psychology, behavior, cognition, perception, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, and consciousness.

 

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Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on Sunday

Defining the ‘generalist specialist’ niche for Pleistocene Homo sapiens - Patrick Roberts and Brian A. Stewart

Comment by Stephen on Sunday

Homo floresiensis. What an interesting story 

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on Sunday

Floresiensis Family: Legacy & Discovery at Liang Bua via




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Comment by Mrs.B on August 3, 2018 at 3:23pm

Yeah, my ancestry is short & hefty.

Comment by Stephen on August 3, 2018 at 3:12pm

Ah but do you come from a tribe of short people haha 

Comment by Mrs.B on August 3, 2018 at 2:38pm

I wonder if I'm related.....I am short.

Comment by Stephen on August 3, 2018 at 2:31pm

Small height evolved twice on 'Hobbit' island of Flores

Liang Bua cave, where the Hobbit remains were found

A new study has shown that small height evolved twice in humans on the Indonesian island of Flores.
Scientists decoded the DNA of modern-day "pygmy" people to find out if they might be partly descended from the extinct Hobbit species.
The remains of these Hobbits were found during an archaeological dig on Flores 15 years ago.
The new analysis, published in the journal Science, found no trace of the Hobbit's DNA in the present-day people.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45049024

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on August 2, 2018 at 9:49am

Kadanuumuu, an extraordinary Australopithecus (but not so famous) - Google translate available in right margin via

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on July 31, 2018 at 3:14pm

Patrick Roberts and Brian Stewart review evidence for human dispersal 300,000–12,000 years before present and propose that humans thrived by crating a unique ‘generalist specialist’ ecological niche

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on July 30, 2018 at 8:58pm
 
 
 

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