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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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Latest Activity: May 11

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 on May 11, 2019 at 11:58am

Red Deer Cave people are a possible separate species of human, found in two caves in China. They died out 11,000 years ago. (Credit: Peter Schouten)

Comment by Stephen on May 6, 2019 at 5:21pm

Elephant Man: Joseph Merrick's grave 'found by author'

Joseph Merrick surprised doctors with his intelligence and sensitive nature 

The unmarked grave of Joseph Merrick - who is better known as the Elephant Man - has been traced after nearly 130 years, it has been claimed.
Merrick had a skeletal and soft tissue deformity which saw him as a freak show attraction, then a medical curiosity.
His skeleton has been preserved at the Royal London Hospital since his death.
But author Jo Vigor-Mungovin says she has now discovered Merrick's soft tissue was buried in the City of London Cemetery after he died in 1890.

After a miserable adolescence and time as a travelling exhibit, Leicester-born Merrick ended up at what was then called the London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, where he surprised staff by proving to have an intelligent and sensitive personality.
He became a minor celebrity and in May 1887 was visited by Alexandra, Princess of Wales, who afterwards sent him Christmas cards.
After his death, Merrick's body was dissected and his skeleton preserved as an anatomical specimen.

Read more=.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-48149855

Comment by Doone on May 1, 2019 at 8:17am

There is evidence for early hominins on each of these three islands.

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Comment by Doone on April 18, 2019 at 5:03pm

Why did humans walk upright? Complex topography and human evolution: the missing link

 
Comment by Doone on April 15, 2019 at 2:51pm

Humans are better endurance runners than any other animal

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Comment by Doone on April 14, 2019 at 1:41pm

Neanderthal girl 🖌️ Tom Björklund

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Comment by Doone on April 13, 2019 at 9:32pm

The oldest people in Wales: Neanderthal teeth from Pontnewydd Cave. The X-ray show the enlarged pulp cavity that has helped archaeologists to identify the Pontnewydd teeth as belonging to Neanderthals. Source:

 
 
 
 

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