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The Burgeoning Family Tree of the Naked Ape

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The Burgeoning 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?)

Location: #science
Members: 57
Latest Activity: 2 hours ago

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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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 has Fremdschämen on March 17, 2018 at 9:00pm
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Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on March 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

Porn has now been rumored to have been invented hundreds of thousands of years ago

'Venus Impudique' (Immodest Venus), mammoth ivory. Age ~16 000 BP (Photo © Jc Domenech)

Comment by Mrs.B on March 16, 2018 at 8:31pm

EEEWWWWW.....you gotta find a new word.....

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on March 16, 2018 at 8:28pm

We are so much more informed about the universe and human prehistory - we live in Exciting Times.  No time in history Trumps this age of Knowledge!

Comment by Stephen on March 16, 2018 at 8:15pm

Really interesting read. They are pushing those dates back arent they.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on March 16, 2018 at 6:54pm

The revolution that wasn’t: African tools push back the origins of human technological innovation

Comment by Mrs.B on March 15, 2018 at 10:56pm

WOW!

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on March 15, 2018 at 10:32pm

There is an undiscussed but potentially explosive implication of this paper: the 2nd Denisovan gene flow signal in East Asia seems to be absent from Native American ancestry--could Denisovans have survived after the isolation of these lineages <30 kya??

 
Comment by Mrs.B on March 15, 2018 at 8:33pm

Hopefully we'll start getting more documentaries.

 
 
 

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