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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 has Fremdschämen on July 29, 2018 at 6:35pm

How humans spread across the world.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on July 28, 2018 at 7:22pm

Paradise Lost: and discuss the three great "Pleistocene Paradises" lost to rising sea levels at the end of the last Ice Age: Doggerland, Beringia and Sundaland. via

 
Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on July 28, 2018 at 7:21pm

Fantástico panel de grabados de Armintxe, descubierto hace solo dos años.

Translated from Spanish by 

Fantastic panel of engravings of Armintxe, discovered only two years ago.

Comment by Mrs.B on July 27, 2018 at 1:39am

Strong & lasting too, by the look of it.

Comment by Stephen on July 27, 2018 at 1:37am

Making thread in Bronze Age Britain

A new study published this week in the journal Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences has identified that the earliest plant fibre technology for making thread in Early Bronze Age Britain and across Europe and the Near East was splicing not spinning.

In splicing, strips of plant fibres (flax, nettle, lime tree and other species) are joined in individually, often after being stripped from the plant stalk directly and without or with only minimal retting—the process of introducing moisture to soften the fibres.
According to lead author Dr. Margarita Gleba, researcher at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, "Splicing technology is fundamentally different from draft spinning. The identification of splicing in these Early Bronze Age and later textiles marks a major turning point in scholarship. The switch from splicing—the original plant bast fibre technology—to draft spinning took place much later than previously assumed."
Splicing has previously been identified in pre-Dynastic Egyptian and Neolithic Swiss textiles, but the new study shows that this particular type of thread making technology may have been ubiquitous across the Old World during prehistory.
"The technological innovation of draft spinning plant bast fibres—a process in which retted and well processed fibres are drawn out from a mass of fluffed up fibres usually arranged on a distaff, and twisted continuously using a rotating spindle—appears to coincide with urbanisation and population growth, as well as increased human mobility across the Mediterranean during the first half of the 1st millennium BC."
"Such movements required many more and larger and faster ships, all of which largely relied on wind power and therefore sails. Retting and draft spinning technology would have allowed faster processing of larger quantities of plant materials and the production of sail cloth."
Among the finds analysed for this study are charred textile fragments from Over Barrow in Cambridgeshire, dated to the Early Bronze Age (c. 1887-1696 BC). The site was excavated by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit.
Dr. Susanna Harris of the University of Glasgow, co-author of the paper and expert in British Bronze Age textiles notes: "We can now demonstrate that this technology was also present in Britain. It's exciting because we think the past is familiar, but this shows life was quite different in the Bronze Age."
"Sites like Over Barrow in Cambridgeshire contained a burial with remains of stacked textiles, which were prepared using strips of plant fibre, spliced into yarns, then woven into textiles".
"It had always been assumed that textiles were made following well-known historical practices of fibre processing and draft spinning but we can now show people were dealing with plants rather differently, possibly using nettles or flax plants, to make these beautiful woven textiles.


Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-07-thread-bronze-age-britain.html#jCp

Comment by Mrs.B on July 26, 2018 at 2:48pm

We have some British documentaries that I watch, & I'm sure I've seen him.

Comment by Suzanna on July 26, 2018 at 5:52am

He's the epitome of British eccentricity

Comment by Stephen on July 25, 2018 at 10:22pm

Phil Harding (archaeologist)

Phil was a member of the Time team programme it was he that interested me the most because of his interest in stone age archaeology. Whilst the rest of the team would go gooey-eyed over Roman and Norman finds it was Phill who waxed lyrical  over small pieces stone or flint from the Neolithic times 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Harding_(archaeologist)

Comment by Mrs.B on July 25, 2018 at 9:51pm

Fascinating!

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on July 25, 2018 at 8:47pm

This flint hand axe was discovered at the Homo neanderthalensis site of Swanscombe in Kent which was inhabited about 500,000 to 300,000 years ago. We know more about Neanderthals than any other extinct humans, partly due to the they left behind:

brown flint shaped into a rough point with a rounded base, on a white background
 
 
 

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