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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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Ancient Cave Drawings and Early Human Language Linked in New Study via

Comment by Doone on Wednesday

Brain size of human ancestors evolved gradually over 3 million years

Comment by Doone on Monday

Genomic variation in Britain before and after the arrival of agriculture. Exciting preprint paper from and others, including, of course, analysis of the famous Cheddar Man's 2.3X genome.

Comment by Doone on Monday

Osterby Man Still Has a Great Hairdo Nearly 2,000 Years On! -

Comment by Stephen on February 17, 2018 at 6:57pm

Intelligence is innate, Knowledge is required.   

Comment by Mrs.B on February 17, 2018 at 3:54pm

Highly likely they were smarter than given credit for.

Comment by Doone on February 17, 2018 at 10:44am

Our infamous Neanderthal ancestors may not have been the primitive beings portrayed by twentieth-century science. bring new "Close Encounters with Humankind" to 2/21. $5 tickets:

Comment by Doone on February 16, 2018 at 10:21pm

Ancient Eurasian DNA: Links With Modern Humans

Comment by Doone on February 16, 2018 at 10:12pm

Neanderthals Couldn't Draw: May Relate to Hunting

Comment by Doone on February 11, 2018 at 1:22pm

Homo erectus reconstructions based on Dmanisi Skulls D2282, D2700, D3444 (by Paleo Artist John Gurche)

 
 
 

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