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The Burgeoning Family Tree of the Naked Ape

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 yesterday

Wonderful Neanderthal character studies by artist Tom Björklund

Comment by Stephen on Saturday

Thanks Doone really interesting article 

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on Saturday

Neanderthals suffered a lot of traumatic injuries. So how did they live for so long?

Comment by Stephen on October 7, 2018 at 3:38pm

     Tracing our genetic ancestry
Our ancestral history is written in our DNA. Six British celebrities share what they discovered when their DNA was analysed and what the results mean to them.

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/tracing-genetic-ancestry-neanderthal-...

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on October 7, 2018 at 3:05pm

The coastal route theory has been around for a long time but researchers are now building a case with hard won geological and archaeological data

Researchers now believe the British Columbia coast may have been an highway for ancient peoples migrating south from northeast Russia to the Americas

Comment by Mrs.B on October 7, 2018 at 2:26pm

And very handsome too.

Comment by Stephen on October 7, 2018 at 1:33pm

Homo naledi , your most recently discovered human relative
By Lisa Hendry
In 2013, a bounty of fossils was discovered deep in a South African cave. They were identified as a new human species with a surprising combination of features.

Human evolution expert Prof Chris Stringer outlines some of the mysteries and contradictions presented by Homo naledi, and the fascinating possibilities it raises.

The discovery of hundreds of Homo naledi fossils was the largest such find ever made on the African continent. The fossils display a unique mix of modern and archaic traits and are shaking up our understanding of the origins and diversity of our human lineage.

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/homo-naledi-your-most-recently-discov...

Comment by Mrs.B on October 6, 2018 at 4:14am

Love the pictures.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on October 6, 2018 at 3:47am

Australopithecus afarensis - by Paleoartist Viktor Deak

Comment by Stephen on September 26, 2018 at 10:02pm

Precision or Power? Evidence for Precise Hand Movements in Neanderthals

AAAS—Muscle attachment scars on Neanderthal hands show similarities to the hands of lifelong precision workers, a new study reports. This finding challenges the common belief that Neanderthals relied primarily on force, rather than precision, in their daily activities. The manual activities of Neanderthals are particularly important, as they provide insights into the evolution of tool making and use. Despite work hinting that Neanderthals were anatomically able to perform precision grips using their thumb and index finger like modern humans, there has been no clear evidence that Neanderthals habitually used precise hand movements. New archaeological research on Neanderthal tools, however, such as on bone tools for hide processing, has shown proof of Neanderthal activities that would require fairly high levels of precision; 

https://popular-archaeology.com/article/precision-or-power-evidence...

 
 
 

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