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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 August 20, 2018 at 7:14pm

"The wonderful Cueva de las Manos " Doone I read somewhere that the people who painted these hands did so in total darkness. I wonder if it was part of some early religious rite.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on August 20, 2018 at 7:05pm

Stone tools reveal modern human-like gripping capabilities 500,000 years ago via

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on August 19, 2018 at 9:53pm

The wonderful Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands) in Santa Cruz, Argentina. The age of the artwork (13,000 to 9,300 years ago) was determined by dating the bone pipes used for spraying paint on the wall of the cave. Photo by Mariano (2005)

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on August 18, 2018 at 6:04pm
Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on August 18, 2018 at 6:04pm

Mystery 'ghost species' of chimp discovered in bonobo DNA

Comment by Mrs.B on August 18, 2018 at 3:20pm

Excellent reconstructions.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on August 18, 2018 at 12:46pm

Wonderful Neanderthal character studies by artist Tom Björklund

Comment by Stephen on August 18, 2018 at 8:35am

Boy he looks like my Brother in law 

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on August 18, 2018 at 8:33am

Outstanding questions in the study of archaic hominin admixture via

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on August 18, 2018 at 8:31am

Reconstruction of a Neanderthal by Élisabeth Daynès. (S. ENTRESSAGLE)

 
 
 

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