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The 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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Gestalt psychology

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How Whites Think About Race

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How to scare someone who knows no fear

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10 Amazing Things People's Brains Have Done

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Comment by Stephen on April 20, 2017 at 8:35pm

Killed for their bones

On the trail of the trade
in human body parts

In Malawi, people with albinism are being killed and their bodies harvested; children and adults hacked to death with machetes and kitchen knives. More than 115 people have been attacked in the past two years, at least 20, fatally. Those who have survived have been left with deep physical and psychological scars, and remain fearful that those who hunt them will return.

But why is this happening? Ask and most people will talk about an elusive market for these body parts, people who are prepared to pay large sums of money for them and witch doctors who use them in potions to cure everything from disease to bad luck. But few seem to know where this trade actually takes place or to be able to point to an instance of money changing hands.

So, does this market of human body parts really exist, or is it a myth that is driving murder? We went in search of the market and found a toxic mix of witchcraft, poverty and desperation.

Here are the stories of the victims, the survivors and the perpetrators.

Comment by Mrs.B on April 8, 2017 at 4:28pm

Who woulda thunk! I never count calories.....hahaha......

Comment by Stephen on April 6, 2017 at 1:10pm

Ancient Cannibals Didn’t Eat Just for the Calories, Study Suggests

Here’s some food for thought. How many calories would you get from consuming one whole human body? More than 125,000, according to a new study on human cannibalism that will either make you queasy or have you reaching for some fava beans and a nice chianti.

For more than a decade James Cole, an archaeologist from the University of Brighton in England, pondered that question while studying “nutritional human cannibalism” during the Paleolithic, which lasted from about 2.5 million years ago to about 10,000 years ago.

“I was interested in how nutritious are we actually?” Dr. Cole said. “Whenever I talk about the topic, I always get a slight sort of side view from my colleagues.”

His morbid fascination led him to create what is essentially a calorie counting guide for cannibals, which he published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports. He is the sole author.

Continue reading the main story


Comment by Mrs.B on February 5, 2017 at 1:53pm

That owl is certainly clear!

Comment by Stephen on February 5, 2017 at 12:46pm

The 30.000 year old human has the same concept of the Owl we do today.

Comment by Doone on February 5, 2017 at 12:41pm

A superb owl from Chauvet Cave created by muddy fingers over 30,000 years ago () - the oldest image of an owl

Comment by Doone on February 5, 2017 at 4:37am

Human Hybrids - by Michael Hammer (Scientific American 2013) via

Comment by Mrs.B on February 2, 2017 at 5:36pm

Yeah, the typical response.

Comment by Stephen on February 2, 2017 at 5:32pm

they would say its just gawd messing with us.

Comment by Mrs.B on February 2, 2017 at 5:26pm


One more time......screws up the 6000 year old world, huh?


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