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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?)

Location: #science
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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 Anti_Doone on Friday

If they had her DNA then the trait for red hair might have been found...The genetics of red hair, discovered in 1997, appear to be associated with the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R), which is found on chromosome 16. Red hair is associated with fair skin color because low concentrations of eumelanin throughout the body of those with red hair caused by a MC1R mutation can cause both

Comment by Mrs.B on Friday

I thought they could figure hair colour from the available information....can't remember what the documentaries have said about colouring.

Comment by Stephen on Friday

I wonder if they made the assumption she had red hair because her remains were found in Scotland?

Comment by Mrs.B on Friday

Such an interesting job.

Comment by Suzanna on Friday

Interesting process, you wouldn't bat an eyelid if you walked past her in the street. 

Comment by Anti_Doone on Friday

Facial Reconstruction of Bronze Age Woman from 3,700-Year-Old Skull Brings Her Story Back to Life

Comment by Anti_Doone on Friday

From Twitter - 

I am so happy! I made these for month in celebration of the hominin fossil record of the world. They have been so well received with university profs and teachers from all over the world asking for copies for teaching!!

 
Comment by Anti_Doone on Wednesday

Scientists Say A Mystery Species Bred with Humans in Distant Past

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Thanks Doone interesting couple of articles 

Comment by Anti_Doone on June 13, 2018 at 11:06am
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The lost 50,000 years of non-African humanity

 
 
 

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