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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 Mrs.B on April 24, 2017 at 8:00pm

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

Comment by Stephen on April 24, 2017 at 7:49pm

Can you imagine the religious doing that

Comment by Mrs.B on April 24, 2017 at 7:47pm

That's what I like about this.....they never stop studying, & are never satisfied with one conclusion.....they keep going.

Comment by Stephen on April 24, 2017 at 7:17pm

This skull may have grown up to look more like an australopithecine than a human-like member of our genus Homo Brett Eloff/Courtesy Profberger and Wits University

This skull may have grown up to look more like an australopithecine than a human-like member of our genus Homo Brett Eloff/Courtesy Profberger and Wits University

A famous 'ancestor' may be ousted from the human family

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—A remarkably complete skeleton introduced in 2010 as “the best candidate” for the immediate ancestor of our genus Homo may just be a pretender. Instead of belonging to the human lineage, the new species of Australopithecus sediba is more closely related to other hominins from South Africa that are on a side branch of the human family tree, according to a new analysis of the fossil presented here last week at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
When fossils from several individuals’ skeletons were found in a collapsed cave in Malapa, South Africa, in 2008, their discoverer, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand, noted that they helped fill a key gap in the fossil record 2 million to 3 million years ago when some upright-walking australopithecine evolved into the earliest member of our genus, Homo. But the oldest Homo fossils, at 2.4 million to 2.9 million years, are scrappy, and a half dozen more primitive hominins may have been walking around Africa at roughly the right time to be the ancestor. Researchers have hotly debated whether their direct ancestor was the famous 3.2-million-year-old fossil Lucy and her kind, Australopithecus afarensis from Ethiopia, or another australopithecine. 
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Comment by Mrs.B on April 23, 2017 at 2:42pm

I watched a couple of documentaries on this subject. So interesting.

Comment by Doone on April 23, 2017 at 10:58am

Thanks, Stephen, that was an interesting reading.

Comment by Stephen on April 23, 2017 at 10:43am

Origins of Indonesian hobbits finally revealed

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-indonesian-hobbits-revealed.htmlOrigins of Indonesian hobbits finally revealed

Comment by Mrs.B on April 20, 2017 at 10:22pm

Oh, its waaaaaay past sick.

Comment by Stephen on April 20, 2017 at 10:17pm

Sick is what it bloody is.

Comment by Mrs.B on April 20, 2017 at 10:02pm

This was on tv awhile back.  Humanity doesn't run very deep.

 
 
 

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