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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 Mrs.B 39 minutes ago

Isn't science marvelous?

Comment by Stephen 42 minutes ago

Primitive human 'lived much more recently'

Naledi SkeletonImage copyright John Hawks Image caption Homo naledi has much in common with early forms of the genus Homo

A primitive type of human, once thought to be up to three million years old, actually lived much more recently, a study suggests.

The remains of 15 partial skeletons belonging to the species Homo naledi were described in 2015.

They were found deep in a cave system in South Africa by a team led by Lee Berger from Wits University.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39710315

Comment by Mrs.B 55 minutes ago

In a word......"WOW"!

Comment by Stephen 3 hours ago

Early evidence of Middle Stone Age projectiles found in South Africa's Sibudu Cave

April 26, 2017





Early evidence of Middle Stone Age projectiles found in South Africa's Sibudu Cave
Analyzed serrated pieces. Credit: Rots et al (2017)

Innovations in stone knapping technology during the South African Middle Stone Age enabled the creation of early projectile weapons, according to a study published April 26, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Veerle Rots from University of Liège, Belgium, and colleagues.







Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-04-early-evidence-middle-stone-age.html#jCp

Comment by Stephen 3 hours ago

Becky Miller collects sediment from Trou al'WesseMonika V. Knul

Becky Miller collects sediment from Trou al'WesseMonika V. Knul

Scientists Can Now Pull the DNA of Ancient Humans Out of Cave Dirt

The technique will allow researchers to study Neanderthals and other prehistoric people without relying on fossils.

Around 45,000 years ago, in a Belgian cave, a Neanderthal died. As its body decayed, its cells split apart, spilling their contents onto the cave floor. Those remnants included the Neanderthal’s DNA, some of which stuck to minerals in the sediment. There, leashed to the very rock, the DNA persisted, long after its owner’s body had disappeared and its bones had been carted off by scavengers. And in 2015, a group of scientists scooped it up.

Viviane Slon from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and her colleagues have now managed to extract and sequence the DNA of ancient animals from sediment that’s up to 240,000 years old. By doing so, they can infer the presence of Neanderthals, Denisovans, and other extinct hominids without ever having to find their bones. “We were surprised by how well it works,” says Slon. “The success rates were amazing.”

“I absolutely loved this,” says Jennifer Raff, who studies ancient DNA at the University of Kansas, and who was not involved in the study. “Although people have been working on recovering ancient DNA from sediments for a few years now, this is unprecedented in scope and success. My notes on the paper are full of exclamation marks. Woolly rhinoceros! Woolly mammoth! Cave bear! Neanderthal and Denisovans!”



Animals have a vast genetic aura that extends beyond their physical bodies into the world around them. Their DNA falls to the ground in balls of dung, zips through the air in blood-sucking insects, and leaches into the soil during decomposition. Scientists who study living animals have used this environmental DNA (eDNA) to identify everything from elephants and earthworms. They can conduct a census of the natural world without needing to spot any actual animals—a boon when working with rare or hard-to-spot species in inaccessible habitats.

read:https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/04/ancient-dna-sed...


Comment by Mrs.B 13 hours ago

That's a great read, doone, thanks!

Comment by Stephen 22 hours ago

doone thanks really interesting article

Comment by doone 22 hours ago

Is the conventional chronology of human migration little more than a house of cards? Maybe. And there’s a strong wind (or at least a tantalizing breeze) blowing in from southern California, where researchers say they have evidence that the First Americans may have arrived on the continent almost ten times earlier than we thought. And here’s another kicker: the first humans in the Americas may not have been Homo sapiens.

The results, published today in Nature, came out of several d

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/04/26/humans-may-...

Comment by Mrs.B on Tuesday

They wouldn't even look at this, let alone learn anything.

Comment by Stephen on Monday

Can you imagine the religious doing that

 
 
 

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