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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 Doone on January 25, 2018 at 5:34pm

Most paleoanthropologists now agree on this new  date for our species in Africa (though a small number of researchers argue that humans evolved outside of Africa). But there is still a considerable amount of disagreement in the field about when anatomically modern humans left the continent and spread across Eurasia. For decades, conventional thinking set the date of our first exodus between 40,000 and 60,000 years ago.

Support for that conventional date eroded over time, however: A few 20th century fossil and artifact finds in Israel showed that anatomically modern humans were in the region up to 115,000 years ago. In China, a number of sites hint that modern humans may have reached East Asia 80,000 to 120,000 years ago and, in Australia, thousands of artifacts believed to belong to modern humans suggest an arrival date of 65,000 years ago.

Today, a partial jawbone from Misliya Cave in Israel joins those other early fossils outside Africa — and this new  is a lot older.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/01/25/oldest-huma...

Comment by Doone on January 25, 2018 at 5:33pm

ime keeps marching on…backwards, at least when it comes to telling the story of human evolution and migration. The oldest human fossils found outside of Africa suggest our species may have left that continent 200,000 years ago.

You may recall that 2017 was the year that the conventional timeline for human evolution and migration finally toppled thanks to overwhelming archaeological and paleogenetic evidence. Our species is much older, and left its  continent of Africa much earlier, than we previously thought. But a month after leading paleoanthropologists formally called for a rewrite of the timeline for humans leaving Africa, a stunning find in Israel pushes the revised date back even further.

Last year, 300,000-year-old fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, proved that Homo sapiens evolved at least 100,000 years earlier than conventionally thought. The Moroccan fossils, along with somewhat younger finds at the Ethiopian sites Herto and Omo Kibish, crushed the old school notion that our species emerged only in the last 200,000 years.

Comment by Stephen on January 21, 2018 at 7:13pm

How a DNA revolution has decoded the origins of our humanity 

Mapping the genomes of our ancestors has allowed scientists to uncover secrets and discover new mysteries in our evolution

The skull of a Neanderthal, left, and a modern human.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/19/human-evolution-dna...

Comment by Doone on January 21, 2018 at 10:47am
Comment by Doone on January 21, 2018 at 10:45am

A really cool map

Comment by Doone on January 21, 2018 at 10:42am

Neanderthal reconstruction: Fabio Fogliazza/Human Evolution Museum (MEH) - Junta de Castilla y León

Comment by Doone on January 18, 2018 at 7:54pm

Human waves out of Africa

Our Lake Tana paper out at last: 150,000-year palaeoclimate record from northern Ethiopia supports early, multiple dispersals of modern humans from Africa

Comment by Doone on January 17, 2018 at 8:23pm
Comment by Davy on January 14, 2018 at 6:40am

Archaic Hominin Populations in Asia before the Arrival of Modern Humans was a very interesting read Doone. 

Comment by Doone on January 13, 2018 at 10:20pm

The Earliest Mommy Groups: Female hominids may have cooperated to help rear their young (2014) … via

 
 
 

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