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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 March 30, 2011 at 3:49pm

Today from the Daily Dish - a controversial book about Gandhi

Gandhi Too, Ctd

As the book is being banned in parts of India, the author addresses the speculation:

"The book does not say that Gandhi was bisexual or homosexual," [Joseph] Lelyveld wrote in an email. "It says that he was celibate and deeply attached to Kallenbach. This is not news." ... Sudhir Kakar, a psychoanalyst who has written about Gandhi's sexuality and reviewed some of his correspondence with Kallenbach, said he does not believe the two men were lovers. "It is quite a wrong interpretation," he said.

When will these people realize that a man whose greatest love was for another man - whether he was celibate or not - was fricking gay. Being gay is not about having sex, or the umpteenth time. It's about being emotinally and sexually attracted to someone of the same gender. If the facts Lelyveld gathers are correct, then Gandhi was gay, even though those who still have no clue about homosexuality deny it. The same goes for Lincoln. You can put any cultural or historical gloss on it - and, yes, gayness required elaborate forms of euphemism and artifice in days gone by. But a passionate and long-lived crush on another man, romantically and sexually, even if nothing happens, is called homosexuality. Deal with it.

Comment by Doone on March 28, 2011 at 1:49pm

'Can you hear me now?' How neurons decide how to transmit information


ScienceDaily (2011-03-28) -- There are billions of neurons in the brain and at any given time tens of thousands of these neurons might be trying to send signals to one another. Much like a person trying to be heard across a crowded room, neurons must figure out the best way to get their message heard above the din. Researchers have now found two ways that neurons accomplish this, establishing a fundamental mechanism by which neurons communicate.

Comment by Doone on March 27, 2011 at 7:19pm

When Money Doesn't Buy Happiness

In a follow-up to his post on connectedness and solitude, Wilkinson briefly discusses the "alleged Easterlin Paradox":

Why haven’t Americans become much happier even though they became much richer? I really think there’s something to the idea that the way we’ve lived and worked as we’ve  become richer hasn’t had much payoff in an increased sense of autonomy. There’s a left-wing version of this argument that stresses a sort of enslavement by false consumer desire, an imagined loss of worker’s rights, and so forth. There’s something to this. But I’m stewing up version of the argument that stresses barriers to self-employment, the debt loads and like-it-or-not rootedness encouraged by the American cult of homeownership, that sort of thing. Consider this a preview. 

Comment by Doone on March 27, 2011 at 4:04pm

From the Daily Dish 


The Web As Matriarchy

Aileen Lee explores why women beat men in social networking and e-commerce:

Dave Morin of Path introduced me to Dunbar’s Number, proposed by the anthropologist Robin Dunbar.  The number is the theoretical limit of how many people with whom one can maintain stable relationships (thought to be 150).  But Dunbar’s most recent research shows there are different numbers for women than men—that women are able to maintain quantitatively more relationships within every ring of closeness than men. 

Comment by Doone on March 27, 2011 at 2:30pm

Humanity's Flow


Krulwich admires the photography of Russia's Alexey Titarenko:

We're two-thirds water, after all. Our cells carry, "a concentration of that indescribably and liquid brew which is compounded in varying proportions of salt and sun and time." And so, like water, we flow. ... People, said Loren Eiseley (and, I suppose, all living things) are water's way of escaping the seas, the air, the streams. Because human cells are little packages of moisture, of salt water, if you want a sciency metaphor, look at Alexey Titarenko's photos and see these crowds as blurry, wool-wearing tides of sea water, moving along streets, rolling in and out.

(Photo: Untitled, (Crowd 2), 1993 by Alexey Titarenko/Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York)

Comment by Doone on March 25, 2011 at 12:32am
Comment by Doone on March 24, 2011 at 11:00pm

How Gut Bacteria influences your mind

'Knowing It in Your Gut': Cross-Talk Between Human Gut Bacteria and Brain

ScienceDaily (Mar. 23, 2011) — A lot of chatter goes on inside each one of us and not all of it happens between our ears. Researchers at McMaster University discovered that the "cross-talk" between bacteria in our gut and our brain plays an important role in the development of psychiatric illness, intestinal diseases and probably other health problems as well including obesity.

Comment by Doone on March 24, 2011 at 5:43pm
Missing chunks of DNA responsible for turning genes on and off help explain some differences between chimpanzees and humans — including why humans have big brains and why the human penis is not covered with prickly spines, U.S. researchers said Wednesday.
Comment by Doone on March 23, 2011 at 9:05pm

WHO IS THE FAIREST? Suma contemplates her reflection, just as human beings do
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"In the opening shot of Jane's Journey, a new documentary on the work of chimpanzee conservationist Jane Goodall, the primatologist bemoans the fact that people are forever thinking she is Dian Fossey - the gorilla activist who was killed 26 years ago and whose life was portrayed by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist, which makes one wonder why, for three weeks in a row, a local movie reviewer has described Jane's Journey as a "fine documentary about Jane Goodall and the gorillas in the mist"."
Comment by Doone on March 23, 2011 at 11:38am

Bees Could Reveal Key to Dementia

ScienceDaily (Mar. 23, 2011) — Norwegian researcher Gro Amdam has succeeded in reversing the aging process in the bee brain -- findings which she believes may bring hope to people with dementia.


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