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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
Members: 56
Latest Activity: May 11

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 Mrs.B on January 14, 2019 at 6:04pm

New information is constant, & nobody has a long enough lifetime to study much of it.

Comment by Doone on January 14, 2019 at 6:03pm
Comment by Doone on January 14, 2019 at 6:02pm

Key passage - modern man and women may be be over 300.000 years old

Based on excavations at five sites dating from 320,000 years ago, the team found distinct differences in the forms of stone tools compared to older deposits in the area – suggesting technological innovation had taken place. Older sites yielded large, bulky stone tools such as hand axes and cleavers. This technology is generally referred to as Acheulean (Early Stone Age).

Comment by Doone on January 14, 2019 at 6:01pm

The revolution that wasn’t: African tools push back the origins of human technological innovation

Comment by Mrs.B on January 11, 2019 at 9:45pm

Excellent.

Comment by Doone on January 11, 2019 at 8:33pm

Chimpanzee Mother with Infant by Award-winning photographer

Comment by Mrs.B on January 11, 2019 at 2:19pm

Nice relatives.

Comment by Doone on January 11, 2019 at 1:23pm
Comment by Doone on January 11, 2019 at 1:22pm

Cute Baby and Mother..

Australopithecus afarensis mother and child

Comment by Doone on January 10, 2019 at 9:22am

Predominant haplogroups across Europe and surroundings

 
 
 

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