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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?)

Location: #science
Members: 56
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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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How Not to Think About Scrotum's

Started by doone. Last reply by Don Jan 5, 2014. 1 Reply

Our Orgastic Future

Started by doone. Last reply by Neal Jun 18, 2013. 3 Replies

E.O. Wilson: Tribalism, Groupism, Globalism

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Gestalt psychology

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On the usefulness of illusions

Started by Michel. Last reply by Chris May 6, 2013. 1 Reply

How Whites Think About Race

Started by Neal. Last reply by Adriana Mar 20, 2013. 13 Replies

How to scare someone who knows no fear

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10 Amazing Things People's Brains Have Done

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Paul Bloom: The Psychology of Everything

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Comment by Stephen on February 2, 2017 at 5:32pm

they would say its just gawd messing with us.

Comment by Mrs.B on February 2, 2017 at 5:26pm

Amazing!

One more time......screws up the 6000 year old world, huh?

Comment by Stephen on February 2, 2017 at 5:05pm

Archaeologists found five human skeletons, harpoons, and nets that are some of the oldest known textiles in Devil's Gate Cave in far east Russia.Yuriy Chernyavskiy/Creative Commons

Archaeologists found five human skeletons, harpoons, and nets that are some of the oldest known textiles in Devil's Gate Cave in far east Russia.Yuriy Chernyavskiy/Creative Commons

Ancient women found in Russian cave were close relatives of today’s indigenous population

Comment by Mrs.B on January 28, 2017 at 3:27am

Wow.....new things found all the time!

Comment by Stephen on January 28, 2017 at 3:16am

Anthropologists uncover art by (really) old masters—38,000 year-old engravings

January 27, 2017





Anthropologists uncover art by (really) old masters -- 38,000 year-old engravings
An international team of anthropologists has uncovered a 38,000-year-old engraved image, above, in a southwestern French rockshelter -- a finding that marks some of the earliest known graphic imagery found in Western Eurasia and offers …more






Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-anthropologists-uncover-art-masters38...

Comment by Chris on December 17, 2016 at 2:55pm

Interesting link done,

The remarkable site of Dmanisi in Georgia and the oldest hominins known outside of Africa 

I thought hominids were cooking food by that time. Cooked food allows more nutrients to be absorbed and easily digested thereby allowing brain growth and mobility.  Raw food takes to eat and digest.

Some estimate that early humans may have began using fire up to 1.9...

As the site is excavated more will be learned.


Comment by doone on December 17, 2016 at 1:30pm

Neanderthals visited Jersey time and again for 200,000 years

Comment by doone on December 17, 2016 at 1:27pm
Comment by Mrs.B on December 4, 2016 at 2:09pm

Lot of work.

Comment by doone on December 4, 2016 at 5:30am

from @iceage

François Hollande to open Lascaux replica that attempts to recreate the magic & detail of the original

 
 
 

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