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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 Stephen on January 18, 2019 at 9:24am

Very evocative article Doone I can just see those small hominids in my mind's eye 

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on January 18, 2019 at 8:55am
Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on January 17, 2019 at 4:48pm
Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on January 17, 2019 at 4:47pm

Wow, neat rare find note, Stephen!

Comment by Mrs.B on January 17, 2019 at 4:40pm

Wow.

Comment by Stephen on January 17, 2019 at 4:29pm

'Incredibly rare' find in Western Isles prehistoric forest
Prehistoric wood preserved in peat at Lionacleit

Archaeologists have found evidence of early human activity at a submerged prehistoric forest in the Western Isles.
Lionacleit in Benbecula is one of more than 20 recorded sites of ancient woodland that once grew in the islands.
The remains included an early butchery site and stone tools used for preparing food.
Archaeologists have described the discoveries at Lionacleit as "extra special".
They found the remains of the area where animals had been butchered for food during studies of the site last year.


An aerial view of local volunteers mapping and recording the submerged forest

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46890793

Comment by Stephen on January 17, 2019 at 6:39am

Study shows no long-term removal of Neandertal DNA from Europeans

A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology has found evidence that suggests there has been no long-term removal of Neandertal DNA from modern Europeans. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes using whole-genome simulations to trace the history of Neandertal DNA in the human genome and what they found.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2019-01-long-term-neandertal-dna-europeans.ht...

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on January 16, 2019 at 5:57pm

Neanderthals in Germany: First population peak, then sudden extinction (2016)

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on January 16, 2019 at 5:56pm

Researchers gain insights into human brain evolution and find evidence of our ancestors in new places via

Comment by Mrs.B on January 14, 2019 at 6:04pm

New information is constant, & nobody has a long enough lifetime to study much of it.

 
 
 

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