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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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Latest Activity: Jul 10

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 on July 10, 2019 at 8:39pm

Do we know anything about our prehistory,  modern humans may have been  in Europe for 200,000+ years

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2019/july/modern-humans-may-hav...

By reanalysing human skull fragments discovered four decades ago in Greece, an international team of researchers now believe that an early modern human migration out of Africa may have reached Europe by at least 210,000 years ago.

This pushes back the known date of Homo sapiens in the region by more than 150,000 years.

Comment by Mrs.B on July 10, 2019 at 7:24pm

That is interesting.

Comment by Doone on July 10, 2019 at 7:22pm

 that mysterious species of human known only from a few fragments of bone and teeth.

Most of the people of the world have two roots anchoring their second molars to the jawbone, even though the first molar usually has three. Some people get by with a single root to their second molar. In China, however, up to 40 percent of the population have three-rooted lower second molars, and something similar is true of people whose ancestry is primarily indigenous to the Americas. In other parts of the world, its less than 3.5 percent.

This was just a curiosity for dentists until the discovery of part of a 160,000-year-old Denisovan jaw in Tibet earlier this year. Analysis has revealed the presence of a three-rooted molar, Dr Shara Bailey of New York University reports in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Comment by Mrs.B on July 8, 2019 at 6:27pm

And we won't be here for long if we don't smarten up.

Comment by Doone on July 8, 2019 at 6:26pm

Since Homo sapiens emerged, seven or more human types inhabited the planet. Today, we’re the only ones left. It’s an odd time in human evolution.

Comment by Doone on July 8, 2019 at 6:23pm
Comment by Mrs.B on June 30, 2019 at 5:13pm

Yeah, they're marvelous. And such talent to be able to do it.

Comment by Doone on June 30, 2019 at 5:06pm

I love these reconstructions, it makes our ancestors such much more u relateable  

Australopithecus afarensis - by Paleoartist Viktor Deak

Comment by Mrs.B on June 30, 2019 at 1:34pm

Very realistic.

Comment by Doone on June 30, 2019 at 7:34am

Homo naledi reconstruction by Paleo Artist John Gurche. He spent 700 hours reconstructing the head from bone scans, using bear fur for hair.

 
 
 

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