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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?)

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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 23, 2018 at 11:54pm

Doone. That was a really interesting case study about the Basque people. Cheers.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on May 23, 2018 at 11:23pm

Scientists Believe they Have Found the of the Unique Basque Culture

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on May 20, 2018 at 5:07pm
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Actually, Asians have more Neanderthal DNA than Europeans. One possible reason is they had more mixture events.

Comment by Stephen on May 20, 2018 at 3:31pm

Just watched a very interesting documentary on the life of the Neanderthals.

Neanderthals Meet Your Ancestors

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on May 20, 2018 at 6:56am

Reconstruction of 150,000 years old "Altamura Man" Neanderthal from southern Italy

 
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.

 
 
 

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