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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 Sunday

Schematic diagram of the inferred age ranges of hominin lineages during the last million years. Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jqs.3137 By @JGalwayWitham @JamesColeArch @ChrisStringer65Image

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KNM-ER 1470 cranium, ~1.9 million year old type specimen for Homo rudolfensis that was discovered by Bernard Ngeneo at Koobi Fora, Kenya in August of 1972.
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Reconstruction based on KNM-ER 1470 cranium by paleoartist Jay H. Matternes (National Geographic, June 1973)
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Comment by Mrs.B on August 13, 2019 at 1:45pm

Excellent videos, Stephen.

Comment by Stephen on August 13, 2019 at 2:03am

Comment by Stephen on August 12, 2019 at 9:45pm

Science Bulletins: Whales Give Dolphins a Lift

Comment by Mrs.B on August 12, 2019 at 6:53pm

Wow!

Comment by Doone on August 12, 2019 at 6:51pm

Neanderthals had hot water and bedrooms

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Archaeologists in Spain have made a number of discoveries inside an ancient cave in Catalonia which suggest that Neanderthals had hot water and separate living quarters around 60,000 years ago.  The finding adds to the mounting evidence that Neanderthals were a lot more sophisticated than previously thought and were at least as advanced, if not more so, than early Homo sapiens.

The Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) reports that more than 10,000 fossil remains and artifacts were retrieved from the cave located at Abric Romaní in Catalonia, enabling scientists to confirm long-term occupation of the site by Neanderthals. 

Among the more significant discoveries was a concave hole measuring 16 inches x 12 inches  x 4 inches (40 x 30 x 10cm), which was found enclosed by a large number of hearths with evidence of fire use. Archaeologists believe the Neanderthals used the hole to heat water by placing heated stones from the hearth.  

“Hearths have been discovered in other Neanderthal dwellings” reported the MailOnline, “and it’s been suggested that they even cooked their food by boiling it in a bag made of skin, or a birch bark tray to soften it – possibly seasoning the meat with herbs.”

Comment by Doone on August 4, 2019 at 8:22pm

Thanks, Stephen - interesting times we live in - we are expanding our knowledge or humans really fast.

Comment by Mrs.B on August 4, 2019 at 7:51pm

Excellent, Stephen.

 
 
 

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