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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 on July 8, 2019 at 6:26pm

Since Homo sapiens emerged, seven or more human types inhabited the planet. Today, we’re the only ones left. It’s an odd time in human evolution.

Comment by Doone on July 8, 2019 at 6:23pm
Comment by Mrs.B on June 30, 2019 at 5:13pm

Yeah, they're marvelous. And such talent to be able to do it.

Comment by Doone on June 30, 2019 at 5:06pm

I love these reconstructions, it makes our ancestors such much more u relateable  

Australopithecus afarensis - by Paleoartist Viktor Deak

Comment by Mrs.B on June 30, 2019 at 1:34pm

Very realistic.

Comment by Doone on June 30, 2019 at 7:34am

Homo naledi reconstruction by Paleo Artist John Gurche. He spent 700 hours reconstructing the head from bone scans, using bear fur for hair.

Comment by Doone on June 29, 2019 at 11:42pm

Our culture may have started in South Africa

The identification of this signal opens up the possibility that a migration of a small group of people from South Africa towards the east around 65,000 years ago transmitted aspects of their sophisticated modern human culture to people in East Africa. Those East African people were biologically little different from the South Africans—they were all modern Homo sapiens, their brains were just as advanced and they were undoubtedly cognitively ready to receive the benefits of the new ideas and upgrade. But the way it happened might not have been so very different from a modern isolated stone-age culture encountering and embracing western civilization today.

Comment by Doone on June 29, 2019 at 6:31am

Reconstruction of a female Homo georgicus (erectus) by Elisabeth Daynès

Comment by Doone on June 25, 2019 at 4:12pm

A comprehensive model for the Holocene peopling events of Chukotka and North America:

Comment by Doone on June 23, 2019 at 12:23pm

Why Human Speech Is Special: Evolutionary changes in both the vocal tract and the brain were necessary for humans’ remarkable gift of gab via


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