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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 Stephen on May 4, 2018 at 4:57pm

Found: A Bloody Stone Axe From 250,000 Years Ago

A test revealed residue of blood and tissue from horses, cattle, camels and rhinos.

by Sarah Laskow

When April Nowell, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Victoria, sent off a stone tool for protein residue analysis, she didn’t expect to find anything. The stone tools she and her colleagues had uncovered in Jordan were 250,000 years old, and it seemed impossible that any of evidence of animal tissue would still be there.
But the results came back positive: the test had found the residue of a horse on the stone tool.
Powell immediately sent off dozens more tools to be checked, and 17 came back positive. The tools still had traces of the blood and tissue of ducks, camels, cattle and rhinos on them.

Before these bloody hand axes, the oldest sample of protein residue ever found was 11,500 years old, which makes this result all the more surprising. The animal tissue residue was preserved all those years in microfissures in the tools.
There’s still a mystery to solve, too. The test didn’t identify all the proteins that were present on the tools. Nowell is now working on developing a test to identify those mysterious residues, she told the CBC. She thinks they could have come from elephants or ostriches

Comment by Doone on April 25, 2018 at 3:31pm

Neanderthals may have voyaged to the Greek Islands

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/neandertals-stone-age-people...

Comment by Doone on April 24, 2018 at 7:06pm

We were walking very well a long time ago...

3.6 million-year-old footprints suggest early human ancestors were excellent walkers

Comment by Doone on April 24, 2018 at 7:05pm

More nice looking Neanderthals

Neanderthal communities in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula: taphonomic and zooarchaeological study of the Mousterian site of Jarama VI (Guadalajara, Spain) Pic: José Antonio Peñas (Sinc)

Comment by Stephen on April 20, 2018 at 5:05am

Humans have been driving a global reduction in mammal size for thousands of years

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE—The dispersal of humans out of Africa coincided with a dramatic global reduction in the size of mammals, a new study* reveals. This “downsizing” trend may continue, suggest the authors, to the extent that, in just a couple hundred years, the largest terrestrial mammal left may be the domestic cow, weighing in at 900 kilograms (kg). Felisa A. Smith et al. sought to understand how the size of mammals has changed over time. They updated and created two datasets that capture the global distribution and body size of terrestrial mammals that lived between 66 million years ago through the present. The authors found a substantial bias in mammal extinction during the periods when humans were dispersing around the globe, whereby species that went extinct tended to be two to three times bigger than mammals that survived, a trend that was evident globally. Notably, prior to humans’ migration out of Africa 125,000 years ago, Africa was home to mammals of smaller size (with a mean body mass roughly half that of mammals found in Eurasia), which the authors suggest is reflective of the hominin-mammal interactions that had already been at play. Perhaps most striking is the reduction of mammals in the New World during the late Pleistocene, which coincided with humans’ adoption of long-range weapons. The authors report a greater than 10-fold drop in both mean and maximum body mass of mammals during this time; for example, mean mass of terrestrial mammals in North America fell from 98.0 to 7.6 kg. If current trends continue, the mean body mass of mammals in North America will drop from 7.7 to 4.9 kg in a few hundred years, the authors say. As mammals play a critical role in shaping ecosystems, the downsizing trend will have a cascading impact on other organisms.

https://popular-archaeology.com/article/humans-have-been-driving-a-...

Comment by Mrs.B on April 19, 2018 at 10:18pm

Yeah, evolution is an always ongoing thing.

Comment by Doone on April 19, 2018 at 10:15pm

Shrinking Megafauna: hominins have hunted largest mammals to extinction since late Pleistocene.

Comment by Doone on April 19, 2018 at 9:55am

Humans Are Still Evolving Today, And Scientists Have Just Found A Whole Host Of New Adaptions

Comment by Stephen on April 15, 2018 at 4:26pm

Just one more of those gaps that god is supposed to be living in getting smaller and smaller.

Comment by Doone on April 15, 2018 at 3:53pm

We are living in a golden age of new information about our history and the universe

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