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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 Doone has Fremdschämen on July 11, 2018 at 5:27pm

Humans have been human for a long time

he early dates suggest hominins were already remarkably adaptable by 2.1 million years ago—even though they had not yet evolved the even bigger brains, long legs, or more advanced tools like hand axes seen in later humans. Although the identity of these early globetrotters is unknown, the new dates raise the possibility that H. erectus wasn’t the first hominin to leave Africa. Chinese and Georgian scholars have long argued that a more primitive species of hominin got out of Africa and gave rise to H. erectus in Asia. And now, these early tools show hominins were in China far before H. erectus appeared in Africa—and early enough for a new species to evolve. In fact, “H. erectus may have evolved in Eurasia and migrated to Africa,” Ferring says

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/07/our-ancestors-may-have-left-...

Comment by Stephen on July 11, 2018 at 2:34pm

Humans evolved in partially isolated populations scattered across Africa

Evolutionary changes of braincase shape from an elongated to a globular shape. The latter evolves within the Homo sapiens lineage via an expansion of the cerebellum and bulging of the parietal. Left: micro-CT scan of Jebel Irhoud

A scientific consortium led by Dr. Eleanor Scerri, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford and researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, has found that human ancestors were scattered across Africa, and largely kept apart by a combination of diverse habitats and shifting environmental boundaries, such as forests and deserts. Millennia of separation gave rise to a staggering diversity of human forms, whose mixing ultimately shaped our species.

While it is widely accepted that our species originated in Africa, less attention has been paid to how we evolved within the continent. Many had assumed that early human ancestors originated as a single, relatively large ancestral population, and exchanged genes and technologies like stone tools in a more or less random fashion.
In a paper published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution this week, this view is challenged, not only by the usual study of bones (anthropology), stones (archaeology) and genes (population genomics), but also by new and more detailed reconstructions of Africa's climates and habitats over the last 300,000 years.


Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-07-humans-evolved-partially-isolated-pop...

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on July 7, 2018 at 4:15am

Awesome and Interesting news about SE Asia, Stephen.  We are living in a golden age of new understanding of human history 

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Comment by Mrs.B on July 7, 2018 at 1:25am

Pretty significant information.

Comment by Stephen on July 7, 2018 at 1:17am

Ancient DNA testing solves 100-year-old controversy in Southeast Asian prehistory

https://popular-archaeology.com/article/ancient-dna-testing-solves-...

Comment by Mrs.B on July 6, 2018 at 7:14pm

Me too, Doone. Now I can't handle anything higher than the second step on a ladder.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on July 6, 2018 at 6:57pm

Thanks, that make sense Stephen, I remember climbing trees all of the time still age 8 when i lost the confidence to climb so high.

Comment by Stephen on July 6, 2018 at 6:37pm

Our human ancestors walked on two feet but their children still had a backup plan

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-human-ancestors-feet-children-backup....

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on July 4, 2018 at 6:35pm

Do larger molars and robust jaws in early hominins represent dietary adaptation?

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on July 4, 2018 at 2:44pm

Paleoantropología: recopilación de novedades 2º trimestre 2018

 
 
 

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