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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 on November 1, 2019 at 11:33am

Complicated Family Tree

A model of the phylogeny of H. sapiens over the last 600,000 years (vertical axis). The horizontal axis represents geographic location; the vertical axis represents time in thousands of years ago.[1]

Comment by Stephen on October 29, 2019 at 1:40am

Origin of modern humans 'traced to Botswana'

Scientists have pinpointed the homeland of all humans alive today to a region south of the Zambesi River.
The area is now dominated by salt pans, but was once home to an enormous lake, which may have been our ancestral heartland 200,000 years ago.
Our ancestors settled for 70,000 years, until the local climate changed, researchers have proposed.
They began to move on as fertile green corridors opened up, paving the way for future migrations out of Africa.
"It has been clear for some time that anatomically modern humans appeared in Africa roughly 200,000 years ago," said Prof Vanessa Hayes, a geneticist at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia.
"What has been long debated is the exact location of this emergence and subsequent dispersal of our earliest ancestors."
Prof Hayes' conclusions have drawn scepticism from other researchers in the field, however. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50210701

Comment by Doone on October 28, 2019 at 5:43pm

Scientists seeking a more specific location have narrowed in on northern Botswana as the "homeland" for all modern humans, according to a new study.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/28/world/human-origins-botswana-scn-trn...

Comment by Doone on October 27, 2019 at 6:47pm
An early dispersal of modern humans from Africa to Greece https://nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02075-9
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Comment by Doone on October 20, 2019 at 11:47am
Recreation of a Neandertal face. Credit: Jose A Astor/Alamy Stock Photo
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Comment by Mrs.B on October 18, 2019 at 3:01pm

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Comment by Stephen on October 18, 2019 at 12:26pm

Thanks, Doone. Really interesting article.

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Comment by Doone on October 18, 2019 at 11:25am
In celebration of the opening of the Origins exhibit featuring #sediba and #Homonaledi the city of #Dallas has proclaimed today the 17th October our "Shared common ancestry " day! Way to go Dallas and #Texas!
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Comment by Doone on October 6, 2019 at 9:32pm
How Clint the chimp revised theories of language and cognition https://buff.ly/2o7IAHF
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