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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 Michel on January 16, 2012 at 3:25pm

Masashi Nakatani, a virtual reality researcher at Keio University in Japan, has a business card that's sure to attract attention. It's embossed with the first printable tactile illusion, a design that fools your brain into perceiving a ridge that isn't there.

The illusion looks like a tiny fishbone and is made up of textured ribs branching out from a smooth spine (see photo above). As you run your finger along the backbone, you inevitably touch the rugged edges of the ribs as well, but what you sense is an indented surface when it's actually flat

Comment by Michel on January 16, 2012 at 3:22pm

At first, it looks like a pensive face in a Venetian mask (see photo above). But take a closer look at its features and you'll see that it conceals a couple kissing. Aptly named Mask of Love, the illusion was created by Gianni Sarcone, Courtney Smith and Marie-Jo Waeber fromArchimedes' Laboratory in Genoa, Italy, after discovering the blurry photograph.

But why are we more likely to see one face rather than the kissing duo? According to Sarcone, our visual system tends to group objects by how we expect to see them. The contours of the mask's ornate headdress together with the background make most observers overlook the kiss. Once you detect the two faces however, your brain will typically alternate between both versions of the mask. Ambiguous figures cause fluctuations in visual awareness because they offer alternative and contradictory interpretations.

This illusion was a finalist at the Best Illusion of the Year Contest which took place last week in Naples, Florida. You can see the other winning illusions here.

Comment by Anti_Doone on January 16, 2012 at 10:39am

Why Do We Have Chins?

theory:

Psychological research suggests chin shape may be a physical signal of the quality of a mate. For example, women may prefer men with broad chins because it’s sign that a man has good genes; likewise, a woman’s narrow chin may correlate with high levels of estrogen. Zaneta Thayer, a graduate student at Northwestern University, and Seth Dobson, a biological anthropologist at Dartmouth, examined the sexual selection hypothesis by measuring the chin shape of nearly 200 skulls in a museum collection, representing people from all over the world. The pair discovered that there is a small but distinct difference in chin shape between the sexes, with men having a taller, more pronounced chin.

Comment by Marianne on January 15, 2012 at 9:21pm

This is fiction but it is so beautiful with the rendering and the actual words of Joseph Conrad.  I have always been an admirer of Joseph Conrad who I think, was a great author (I remember reading "The secret agent" and really loving it...).

Comment by Anti_Doone on January 15, 2012 at 7:24pm

The Beginnings Of The World

Filmed in Malaysia, the narration is adapted from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad:

We Were Wanderers On A Prehistoric Earth from James W Griffiths on Vimeo.

Comment by Marianne on January 15, 2012 at 12:03pm

I really wish I couldhavethe "Ted show" on my t'V' in my country...

Comment by Anti_Doone on January 14, 2012 at 6:03pm

From the  category of Man with  No Brain brainless commenting on his lack of  knowledge

Santorum vs Mother Nature

Christopher Ryan counters Rick's recent rhetoric:

Santorum has argued that contraception is morally wrong because, "It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be." But human beings happily experience, witness, imagine, and lament a cornicopia of erotic encounters that couldn’t possibly result in conception. Leaving aside the many "perversions" happily practiced by humans the world over, the human female is available even for Vatican-approved missionary position intercourse—at least theoretically—when she’s menstruating, already pregnant, post-menopausal, or otherwise precluded from conceiving. Is this, too, an abomination? ...

It’s the nature of the human beast. For Homo sapiens, sex is primarily about establishing and maintaining relationships—relationships often characterized by love, or at least affection. Reproduction is a by-product of human sexual behavior, not its primary purpose.

Comment by Adriana on January 8, 2012 at 10:43am

Doone, I'm stealing that for the Free Will discussion in Philosophy

Comment by Anti_Doone on January 8, 2012 at 10:38am

Does Science Debunk Free Will?

Jerry Coyne thinks so (follow-up here). Jean Kasez sighs:

Coyne says science will not allow [free will], since our choices take place in our brains, and our brains are part of the completely law-governed material world.  But this simple overview of what we know subtlely exaggerates what we know. OK, choices do take place in our brains, and not without brains, but it's not as if consciousness has been fully explained and reduced to a specific physical property of brains. Consciousness is a huge unsolved puzzle. Since free choices are conscious choices, it would seem premature to say you were absolutely sure how they work.

Comment by Anti_Doone on January 7, 2012 at 5:42pm

RETHINKING "OUT OF AFRICA"

Christopher Stringer in Edge:

Stringer630At the moment, I'm looking again at the whole question of a recent African origin for modern humans—the leading idea over the last 20 years. This argues  that we had a recent African origin, that we came out of Africa, and that we replaced all of the other human forms that were outside of Africa. But we're having to re-evaluate that now because genetic data suggest that the modern humans who came out of Africa about 60,000 years ago probably interbred with Neanderthals, first of all, and then some of them later on interbred with another group of people called the Denisovans, over in south eastern Asia. If this is so, then we are not purely of recent African origin. We're mostly of recent African origin, but there was contact with these other so-called species. We're having to re-evaluate the Out-of-Africa theory, and we're having to re-evaluate the species concepts we apply, because in one view of thinking, species should be self-contained units. They don't interbreed with other species. However, for me, the whole idea of Neanderthals as a different species is really a recognition of their separate evolutionary history—the fact that we can show that they evolved through time in a particular direction, distinct from modern humans, and they separated maybe 400,000 years ago from our lineage. And morphologically we can distinguish a relatively complete Neanderthal fossil from any recent human.

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