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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 Mrs.B on May 18, 2018 at 2:21pm

Ancient human remains and a mystery unearthed

Posted: 17 May 2018 07:22 AM PDT

Archaeologists have unearthed an intact 4,000 year old human cremation in clay pottery urn on Cornish site she discovered by accident.
Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on May 15, 2018 at 7:13pm

What if we have been studying the rise of modern human behaviour, and it’s not the rise of modern human behaviour?

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on May 15, 2018 at 6:58pm

“Harsh conditions favoured the natural selection of genes which predisposed some humans to develop abilities to focus on tasks in great detail for long periods; to perceive their environments in 3D terms in an enhanced way; to develop greater image retention abilities”

Comment by Mrs.B on May 13, 2018 at 7:15pm

Call me that if you want, I'll say thank you.

Comment by Stephen on May 13, 2018 at 7:14pm

We still use  Neanderthal as a term of abuse, but for what we have learned of late it should be a compliment.

Comment by Mrs.B on May 13, 2018 at 7:09pm

Thanks, Doone.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on May 13, 2018 at 7:07pm

The Museum's has studied Neanderthals his whole career, spanning more than 40 years. He updates us on the latest scientific views on their talents, tastes and techniques. These extinct humans are far more similar to us than once believed.

Comment by Chris on May 11, 2018 at 2:03pm

I read an article that said only 10% of combatants in WWII actually aimed to kill the opponent. Apparently the objective with most was to drive the enemy back.

Fighting like an animal doesn’t always mean a duel to the death

Pick an animal.

Choose wisely because in this fantasy you’ll transform into the creature and duel against one of your own. If you care about survival, go for the muscular, multispiked stag roaring at a rival. Never, ever pick the wingless male fig wasp. Way too dangerous.

This advice sounds exactly wrong. But that’s because many stereotypes of animal conflict get the real biology backward. All-out fighting to the death is the rule only for certain specialized creatures. Whether a species is bigger than a breadbox has little to do with lethal ferocity.

Many creatures that routinely kill their own kind would be terrifying, if they were larger than a jelly bean. Certain male fig wasps unable to leave the fruit they hatch in have become textbook examples, says Mark Briffa, who studies animal combat. Stranded for life in one fig, these males grow “big mouthparts like a pair of scissors,” he says, and “decapitate as many other males as they possibly can.” The last he-wasp crawling has no competition to mate with all the females in his own private fruit palace.

In contrast, big mammals that inspire sports-team mascots mostly use antlers, horns and other outsize male weaponry for posing, feinting and strength testing. Duels to the death are rare.

“In the vast majority of cases, what we think of as fights are solved without any injuries at all,” says Briffa, of Plymouth University in England.

Evolution has produced a full rainbow of conflict styles, from the routine killers to animals that never touch an adversary. Working out how various species in that spectrum assess when it’s worth their while to go head-to-head has become a challenging research puzzle.“In the vast majority of cases, what we think of as fights are solved without any injuries at all,” says Briffa, of Plymouth University in England.

To untangle the rules of engagement, researchers are turning to animals that live large in small bodies but don’t have sports teams named after them. At least not yet.

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Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on May 9, 2018 at 9:19pm

78,000 year cave record from East Africa shows early cultural innovations via

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on May 7, 2018 at 8:39am

Thanks, Stephen,  that Stone Axe with blood residue is very interesting.  As our bio test improve this sort of information will keep expanding.

 
 
 

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