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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 January 21, 2020 at 11:52am
Hybridization in human evolution: Insights from other organisms https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/evan.21787?af=R#.XULtLzOjSWA.twitter
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Comment by Doone on January 16, 2020 at 5:53am

The Remarkable Physical Condition of Australian Aboriginal Hunter-Gatherers

http://darwinian-medicine.com/the-remarkable-physical-condition-of-...

Comment by Mrs.B on January 11, 2020 at 5:03pm

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Australopithecus afarensis - by Paleoartist Viktor Deak http://blog.hmns.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Lucy-rendering-Viktor-Deak.jpg
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Comment by Doone on December 30, 2019 at 7:43am
We're beginning to question the idea of species – including humans http://bit.ly/2SjerlL
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Comment by Stephen on December 18, 2019 at 8:40pm

Homo erectus: Ancient humans survived longer than we thought

A reconstruction of Homo erectus - the first known human to walk fully upright 

An ancient relative of modern humans survived into comparatively recent times in South-East Asia, a new study has revealed.
Homo erectus evolved around two million years ago, and was the first known human species to walk fully upright.
New dating evidence shows that it survived until just over 100,000 years ago on the Indonesian island of Java - long after it had vanished elsewhere.
This means it was still around when our own species was walking the Earth.
Details of the result are described in the journal Nature.
In the 1930s, 12 Homo erectus skull caps and two lower leg bones were found in a bone bed 20m above the Solo River at Ngandong in central Java.
In subsequent decades, researchers have attempted to date the fossils. But this proved difficult because the surrounding geology is complex and details of the original excavations became confused.

Prof Russell Ciochon with replicas of the Homo erectus skull caps found at Ngandong 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50827603

Comment by Doone on December 10, 2019 at 5:34pm
The formation of human populations in South and Central Asia https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6457/eaat7487
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Comment by Stephen on December 2, 2019 at 7:12am

Bad luck may have caused Neanderthals' extinction – study 

Scientists broadly agree that the Neanderthals died out about 40,000 years ago. Photograph: IanDagnall 

Perhaps it wasn’t our fault after all: research into the demise of the Neanderthals has found that rather than being outsmarted by Homo sapiens, our burly, thick-browed cousins may have gone extinct through bad luck alone.
The Neanderthal population was so small at the time modern humans arrived in Europe and the Near East that inbreeding and natural fluctuations in birth rates, death rates and sex ratios could have finished them off, the scientists claim.
The findings suggest that the first modern humans to reach Europe were not superior to the Neanderthals, as some accounts argue, and that anyone encumbered by survivors’ guilt may have good reason to unburden themselves.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/27/bad-luck-may-have-c...

 
 
 

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