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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: Dec 8

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 Chris on November 30, 2017 at 11:24pm

The Plaque therory is inconsequential.

Mineralization in teeth determines which area of the world a person grew up (anthropologically) vs. plaque.

Comment by Suzanna on November 30, 2017 at 3:15am

Haha yes, strange isn't it.

Comment by Mrs.B on November 29, 2017 at 2:07pm

And still no gawds came along to eradicate it early!

Comment by Suzanna on November 29, 2017 at 4:52am

I had no idea the plague has been about so long.

Comment by Stephen on November 28, 2017 at 6:37pm

Plague likely a Stone Age arrival to central Europe
A team of researchers led by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History has sequenced the first six European genomes of the plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis dating from the Late Neolithic to the Bronze Age (4,800 to 3,700 years ago). Analysis of these samples, published in Current Biology, suggests that the Stone Age Plague entered Europe during the Neolithic with a large-scale migration of people from the Eurasian Steppe
Plague likely a Stone Age arrival to central Europe

A male individual (6Post) from the Haunstetten Postillionstraße site, with a dagger, flint arrow heads, 
bracelet and bone pin [Credit: © Stadtarchäologie Augsburg]
Read more at https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/11/plague-likely-s...

Comment by Suzanna on November 28, 2017 at 4:13am

Interesting stuff. 

Comment by Stephen on November 27, 2017 at 11:25pm

The Gunk on Old Teeth Could Help Scientists Map Ancient Migrations

The DNA in dental plaque contains a gold mine of information about the past—and may even help demystify the settlement of Polynesia

Left undisturbed by brushing and flossing, the bacteria in your mouth will form a sticky film called plaque. Left further undisturbed, plaque will turn hard and yellow, calcifying on teeth as dental calculus, also known as tartar.

At this point, the tartar is very durable. Just ask these Neanderthals, whose 40,000-year-old tartar scientists recently analyzed to figure out the real paleo diet. Tartar grows in layers—almost like tree rings—entombing DNA from tiny bits of food as well as bacteria in the mouth. Forty thousand years later, scientists can analyze that DNA to reconstruct what was going on in the mouths of long-dead Neanderthals.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/human-migration...

Comment by Mrs.B on November 25, 2017 at 2:02am

Excellent video.

Comment by Stephen on November 25, 2017 at 1:44am

Comment by Stephen on November 20, 2017 at 6:14pm

Yea I can say I didn't catch it from anyone recent blame it on Parathropus boisei

 
 
 

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