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THE NAKED APE

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 Stephen on June 29, 2017 at 1:52pm

Analysis of Neanderthal teeth grooves uncovers evidence of prehistoric dentistry


Three views of the four articulated teeth making up KDP 20. a. occlusal view showing lingually placed mesial
interproximal wear facet on P4 (arrow) and buccal wear on M3; b. lingual view showing a mesially placed interproximal wear facet on P4 (arrow), chips from lingual faces of all teeth and rotated, partially impacted M3; c. buccal view showing rotated buccal face of M3 (arrow) and hypercementosis on its root.
Credit: David Frayer, University of Kansas
Comment by Stephen on June 29, 2017 at 12:28pm

In Turkey, carved skulls provide the first evidence of a neolithic 'skull cult'

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Modified human crania from Göbekli Tepe provide evidence for a new form of Neolithic skull cult

Date:
June 28, 2017
Source:
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Summary:
Three carved skull fragments uncovered at a Neolithic dig site in Turkey feature modifications not seen before among human remains of the time, researchers say. Thus, these modified skull fragments could point to a new 'skull cult' -- or ritual group -- from the Neolithic period. Throughout history, people have valued skulls for different reasons, from ancestor worship to the belief that.
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Comment by Mrs.B on June 28, 2017 at 7:45pm

People are born with artistic talents.

Comment by Doone on June 28, 2017 at 7:41pm

Pretty good work from 35,000 years ago

This week at the University of Tübingen I will see a masterpiece of the from 35,000 years ago - the tiny Vogelherd Horse

Comment by Doone on June 25, 2017 at 9:26pm

In 2017 is still printing the "March of Progress" misconception of human origins.

Comment by Mrs.B on June 25, 2017 at 3:00pm

Good stuff.

Comment by Doone on June 25, 2017 at 7:51am

The oldest known puppet - sculpted in mammoth ivory 26,000 years ago and found placed in a grave upon the skeleton of a man

Comment by Stephen on June 14, 2017 at 10:42am

Human Characteristics: What Does it Mean to be Human

Part of what it means to be human is how we became human. Over a long period of time, as early humans adapted to a changing world, they evolved certain characteristics that help define our species today.

This section of our website focuses on several human characteristics that evolved over the past 6 million years. As you explore the scientific evidence for these characteristics, you will discover that these traits did not emerge all at once or in any one species. There were important milestones along the way. For example, early humans began walking upright before they began making tools. A rapid increase in brain size occurred before early humans began using symbols to communicate. And all of these traits emerged before humans began domesticating plants and animals.

Carry on reading about the subject on this website.

http://humanorigins.si.edu/human-characteristics

Comment by Doone on June 10, 2017 at 4:06pm

The spread of agriculture in Europe pushed migration into the Mediterranean more than 13,000 yrs ago

Comment by Stephen on June 8, 2017 at 2:39pm

It has better back teeth than I do. But seriously smashing article.

 
 
 

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