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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 May 23, 2017 at 6:54pm

Scientists find 7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains in the Balkans

Scientists find 7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains in the Balkans

The lower jaw of the 7.175 million year old Graecopithecus freybergi (El Graeco) from Pyrgos Vassilissis, Greece (today in metropolitan Athens). Credit: Wolfgang Gerber, University of Tübingen

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Comment by Mrs.B on May 23, 2017 at 12:52am

Finding new things all the time.

Comment by Stephen on May 23, 2017 at 12:12am

A 3.3-million-year-old fossil with a missing rib tells us a lot about human evolution

Meet Selam, the 2-and-a-half-year-old Australopithecus afarensis child

Our spinal column is different from that of apes because — yes, you guessed that right — we walk upright on two feet. But when did our distinctive back structure first evolve? The skeleton of an early human ancestor found in Africa shows that some features were already established at least 3.3 million years ago, earlier than previously thought.

The fossil was found to have only 12 rib-bearing vertebrae, the same number as modern humans — and one fewer than most apes. That feature had previously been observed in early humans dated to only 60,000 years ago or later. The findings, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that the general structure of our spinal column was already emerging 3.3 million years ago.

Vertebrae of the Selam skeleton
Comment by A place called Doone on May 18, 2017 at 7:38pm

The first selfies? A human hand from the past created around 25,000 years ago. From Pech Merle cave in southern France

Comment by Stephen on May 18, 2017 at 11:55am

(Photo credit: olly)

(Photo credit: olly)

Study finds evidence of intergenerational trauma in grandchildren of Holocaust survivors

The intergenerational transmission of trauma is a controversial topic in psychology. But new research suggests that intense trauma can in fact be passed down to future generations.

The study, published in the journal , provides preliminary evidence that grandchildren of Holocaust survivors may be more susceptible to anxiety induced by Islamic State (ISIS) atrocities — but only under certain conditions.

“Almost everyone I know has been exposed to ISIS media (e.g. executions) and no one has ever researched if such viewing is associated with any psychological stress,” the study’s corresponding author, Yaakov Hoffman of Bar-Ilan University, told PsyPost.

“It was interesting to myself and my co-author Professor Amit Shrira to address if such ISIS anxiety would be greater in grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, i.e., if the intergenerational trauma of the Holocaust is associated with higher levels of ISIS anxiety. The reason behind this second objective is partly practical in terms of offering suitable interventions to clients as well as theoretical — as recent meta-analytic studies suggest that trauma does not transfer from one generation to the next.”

“After carefully reading the literature, we found three key factors that may be relevant to intergenerational transmission: the number of grandparent survivors, whether the type/context of trauma is similar (i.e., whether the Holocaust is reverberated by ISIS’s deeds and rhetoric), and whether the grandchildren themselves experienced trauma, in which case their own resilience should be less robust.

As far as the context of trauma being similar, Hoffman said “ISIS has been carrying out genocide of Yazidis as well as making threats to destroy Israel by making a second Holocaust.”

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Comment by A place called Doone on May 10, 2017 at 9:14am

More about Naledi

My 'tree' (originally for PNAS 2016),now updated with naledi - thnx   

Comment by Mrs.B on May 9, 2017 at 7:45pm

OOOOO......I hope they do some documentaries!!!!

Comment by Stephen on May 9, 2017 at 7:41pm

Homo naledi's surprisingly young age opens up more questions on where we come from

May 9, 2017

Homo naledi's surprisingly young age opens up more questions on where we come from
A 'Neo' skull of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber. Credit: Wits University/John Hawks

Scientists today announced that the Rising Star Cave system has revealed yet more important discoveries, only a year and a half after it was announced that the richest fossil hominin site in Africa had been discovered, and that it contained a new hominin species named Homo naledi by the scientists who described it.

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Comment by Stephen on May 8, 2017 at 4:08pm

StarTalk Radio The Story of Life on Earth with Sir David Attenborough

Comment by Mrs.B on May 7, 2017 at 7:09pm

I think the learning & discovering are more like hour by hour.


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