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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.


Discussion Forum

How Not to Think About Scrotum's

Started by A place called Doone. Last reply by Don Jan 5, 2014. 1 Reply

Our Orgastic Future

Started by A place called Doone. Last reply by Neal Jun 18, 2013. 3 Replies

E.O. Wilson: Tribalism, Groupism, Globalism

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member Jun 4, 2013. 7 Replies

Gestalt psychology

Started by A Former Member May 11, 2013. 0 Replies

On the usefulness of illusions

Started by Michel. Last reply by Chris May 6, 2013. 1 Reply

How Whites Think About Race

Started by Neal. Last reply by Adriana Mar 20, 2013. 13 Replies

How to scare someone who knows no fear

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Adriana Feb 6, 2013. 6 Replies

10 Amazing Things People's Brains Have Done

Started by Michel. Last reply by Marianne Jan 19, 2013. 2 Replies

Paul Bloom: The Psychology of Everything

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Michel Jan 2, 2013. 6 Replies

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Comment by A place called Doone on Monday

In 2017 is still printing the "March of Progress" misconception of human origins.

Comment by Mrs.B on Sunday

Good stuff.

Comment by A place called Doone on Sunday

The oldest known puppet - sculpted in mammoth ivory 26,000 years ago and found placed in a grave upon the skeleton of a man

Comment by Stephen on June 14, 2017 at 10:42am

Human Characteristics: What Does it Mean to be Human

Part of what it means to be human is how we became human. Over a long period of time, as early humans adapted to a changing world, they evolved certain characteristics that help define our species today.

This section of our website focuses on several human characteristics that evolved over the past 6 million years. As you explore the scientific evidence for these characteristics, you will discover that these traits did not emerge all at once or in any one species. There were important milestones along the way. For example, early humans began walking upright before they began making tools. A rapid increase in brain size occurred before early humans began using symbols to communicate. And all of these traits emerged before humans began domesticating plants and animals.

Carry on reading about the subject on this website.

Comment by A place called Doone on June 10, 2017 at 4:06pm

The spread of agriculture in Europe pushed migration into the Mediterranean more than 13,000 yrs ago

Comment by Stephen on June 8, 2017 at 2:39pm

It has better back teeth than I do. But seriously smashing article.

Comment by Mrs.B on June 8, 2017 at 2:31pm

That mandible is incredible.

Comment by A place called Doone on June 8, 2017 at 7:57am

From Medium

A result from PSMC studies of human genomes from different populations (indicated). The French underwent a clear bottleneck, starting between 100,000 and 50,000 years ago, which was actually shared by all other people outside Africa. But the African populations here had no strong bottleneck. The Khoe-San people in this chart have no sign of a bottleneck at all. From Mallick et al., 2016, doi:10.1038/nature18964

Comment by A place called Doone on June 7, 2017 at 3:55pm

Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History o...

New York Times  - ‎56 minutes ago‎
An almost complete adult mandible discovered at the Jebel Irhoud site in Morocco. Credit Jean-Jacques Hublin/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Comment by Stephen on June 6, 2017 at 4:12pm

I know Oetzi story is very interesting


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