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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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Gorilla Genomics: 🦍Gorillas are some of our closest relatives, edged out only by chimpanzees and bonobos 🦍Just 1.6% of their genes diverge from our own 🦍Chimps and bonobos tie for 1.2% divergence 🦍Orangutans drop to 3.1% after gorillas 👉

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Pleased to be related.

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Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, died in her sleep last night aged 46. She was a lifelong friend to her teacher and caregiver Penny Patterson, and an ambassador for her species. RIP dear Koko.

Comment by Stephen on June 16, 2018 at 8:31pm

You wouldn't bat an eye if she was to walk down des Champs-Élysées

Comment by Mrs.B on June 16, 2018 at 8:22pm

Great job!

Comment by Anti_Doone on June 16, 2018 at 8:19pm

Reconstruction of a Neanderthal woman from the Saint-Césaire site in France

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Comment by Mrs.B on June 16, 2018 at 2:42pm

Also of British ancestry.

Comment by Anti_Doone on June 16, 2018 at 11:29am

My ancestors (some) are Puritans from Britain so this makes me a Beaker 

This year, Reich's team published a sprawling study detailing how an archaeological culture known as the Beaker phenomenon transformed the genetic make-up of western and central Europe. In Britain, the Beakers replaced an astonishing 90% of the existing... The team isn't finished with Britain, Reich is now planning to track changes that occurred in the Iron Age and Roman period.

 
 
 

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