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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?)

Location: #science
Members: 56
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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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Our Orgastic Future

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E.O. Wilson: Tribalism, Groupism, Globalism

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Gestalt psychology

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On the usefulness of illusions

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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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Paul Bloom: The Psychology of Everything

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Comment by Doone on August 12, 2017 at 7:16pm

The Licking Bison of La Madeleine rockshelter was carefully observed and exquisitely carved in the last glacial

Comment by Mrs.B on August 11, 2017 at 3:26pm

Well that's news isn't it?

Comment by Stephen on August 11, 2017 at 1:59pm

CU study: Ancient DNA used to track Mesa Verde exodus in 13th century

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER—Aug. 10, 2017--Ancient DNA used to track the mass exodus of Ancestral Pueblo people from Colorado's Mesa Verde region in the late 13th century indicates many wound up in the Northern Rio Grande area north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, inhabited today by the Tewa Pueblo people.

Here's the twist: The DNA came from domesticated turkeys that had been kept by ancient Pueblo people in both places, according to University of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Scott Ortman, one of four lead study authors. The study indicates DNA from turkey bones unearthed at Mesa Verde matched the turkey DNA in the northern Rio Grande area after the Mesa Verde society buckled.

read:http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2017/article/cu-study-a...

Comment by Mrs.B on July 24, 2017 at 2:11pm

That's part of what's so great about science, the questions & the searches never stop.

Comment by Doone on July 24, 2017 at 9:06am

Determining when this actually happened will depend on new fossils yet to be discovered and what they tell us about their evolutionary characteristics. Thanks to the fossils from Jebel Irhoud we now know that 350,000 years ago there were already humans with facial features similar to ours, although with somewhat different configuration of the skull. Taking into account the considerable phenotypic variation of our species, both Jebel Irhoud and Florisbad indicate that the steady process towards modern humans had reached an evolutionary stage similar to ours at least 300,000 years ago.

https://blog.oup.com/2017/07/first-humans-jebel-irhoud/?utm_source=...

Comment by Doone on July 24, 2017 at 9:05am

More evidence that Neanderthals were much closer to modern than we thought it in the past

Comment by Mrs.B on July 23, 2017 at 12:58am

Oh, how interesting is that!

Comment by Stephen on July 22, 2017 at 10:47pm

In saliva, clues to a 'ghost' species of ancient human

In saliva, scientists have found hints that a "ghost" species of archaic human may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today.

read:https://phys.org/news/2017-07-saliva-clues-ghost-species-ancient.html

Comment by Mrs.B on July 20, 2017 at 3:20am

Probably no dentists around either...........

Comment by Stephen on July 20, 2017 at 3:13am

Chipped teeth suggests Homo naledi had a unique diet    

  

  https://theconversation.com/chipped-teeth-suggests-homo-naledi-had-...                       

 
 
 

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