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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 November 10, 2018 at 5:02pm

Neanderthal hands could have made human tools - Filthy Monkey Men

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on November 10, 2018 at 8:50am

“About 25,000 years ago, Native Americans' ancestors split from the people living in Siberia. Later, they moved across a land bridge connecting Siberia and Alaska, making it into the Pacific Northwest between 17,000 and 14,000 years ago.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/11/ancient-dna-reve...

Comment by Mrs.B on October 31, 2018 at 2:23pm

I'd imagine their lung function was better than today's.

Comment by Stephen on October 31, 2018 at 1:37pm

Study reconstructs Neanderthal ribcage, offers new clues to ancient human anatomy

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON—An international team of scientists has completed the first 3D virtual reconstruction of the ribcage of the most complete Neanderthal skeleton unearthed to date, potentially shedding new light on how this ancient human moved and breathed.

https://popular-archaeology.com/article/study-reconstructs-neandert...

Comment by Chris on October 28, 2018 at 6:14am

Early humans won at running; Neandertals won at walking

(PhysOrg.com) -- New research has compared the performance of the heels of modern-day distance runners to the heels of Neandertals and ancient Homo sapiens. The results show the Neandertals' heels were taller than those of modern humans and Homo sapiens, and more adapted to walking than running over long distances, while those of Homo sapiens were more adapted to endurance running.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2011-02-early-humans-won-neandertals.html#jCp

Comment by Mrs.B on October 27, 2018 at 8:02pm

That was on one of those programs I just watched.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on October 27, 2018 at 7:55pm

Fire at will! Researchers present evidence that Neanderthals were just as capable of producing fire as early Homo sapiens were, sending another long-held notion of our species’ exceptionalism up in smoke.

Comment by Mrs.B on October 25, 2018 at 2:09pm

Neanderthal series on PBS lately here.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on October 25, 2018 at 5:18am

Amazing reconstruction of one of our relatives, the big teethed Paranthropus. (Image Treinando Pesado)

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on October 21, 2018 at 9:10pm

Wonderful Neanderthal character studies by artist Tom Björklund

 
 
 

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