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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 Stephen on Saturday

Revising the story of the dispersal of modern humans across Eurasia
December 7, 2017

https://m.phys.org/news/2017-12-story-dispersal-modern-humans-euras...

Comment by Chris on Tuesday

How many commercial DNA testing sites are there and how many different 'distinct' backgrounds are filtered through their tests?

The 23andMe wikipedia page provided some information. The last couple of sentences on the page says: "In April 2017, the FDA approved the applications for ten tests: Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Celiac disease, Hereditary Thrombophilia, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency, Early onset of Dystonia, Factor XI deficiency and Gaucher’s Disease.[ The FDA also said that it intended to exempt further 23andMe genetic risk tests from the needing 501(k) applications, and it clarified that it was only approving genetic risk tests, not diagnostic tests.  

I'm not considering having my DNA tested but am curious how much it costs for the full scale package.  The wiki page isn't clear. 

Having a bald gene doesn't mean one is bald.

I don't get the point of paying for DNA testing except for legal reasons such as child support.

Curious if anyone has found satisfaction by having their DNA tested?  Does it help one learn about your faimily?

Comment by Chris on Tuesday

How many commercial DNA testing sites are there and how many different 'distinct' backgrounds are filtered through their tests?

The 23andMe wikipedia page provided some information. The last couple of sentences on the page says: "In April 2017, the FDA approved the applications for ten tests: Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Celiac disease, Hereditary Thrombophilia, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency, Early onset of Dystonia, Factor XI deficiency and Gaucher’s Disease.[ The FDA also said that it intended to exempt further 23andMe genetic risk tests from the needing 501(k) applications, and it clarified that it was only approving genetic risk tests, not diagnostic tests.  

I'm not considering having my DNA tested but am curious how much it costs for the full scale package.  The wiki page isn't clear. 

Having a bald gene doesn't mean one is bald.

I don't get the point of having DNA tested except for legal reasons such as child support, criminal charges, or to to identify a body.

Curious if anyone has found satisfaction by having their DNA tested?

Comment by Chris on December 4, 2017 at 1:49pm

Commercial DNA Testing May Cause Harm, Scientific Studies Show (if You Read Through to the Study Limitations at the End)

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/cecile-janssens/commercial-dna-testi...

Comment by Stephen on December 3, 2017 at 9:13pm

I've seen the Tom Björklund images before. They really help you imagine what they must have looked like.

Comment by Doone on December 3, 2017 at 7:49pm

Australopithecus garhi | 2.5 million years ago in Eastern Africa via

 
Comment by Doone on December 3, 2017 at 7:47pm

Homo sapiens may have emerged as a genetically distinct species as early as 350,000 years ago via

Comment by Mrs.B on December 3, 2017 at 7:42pm

Excellent, & a great way to visualize.

Comment by Doone on December 3, 2017 at 7:41pm

Wonderful Neanderthal character studies by artist Tom Björklund

Comment by Doone on December 3, 2017 at 7:40pm

A reconstruction of a Neanderthal family from Krapina (Photograph: Nikola Solic/Reuters/Corbis)

 
 
 

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