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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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Self-domestication in Homo sapiens: Insights from comparative genomics

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Comment by Mrs.B on October 16, 2017 at 3:49pm

Ain't you glad I'm here to remind ya?

Comment by Stephen on October 16, 2017 at 3:18pm

6000 years I keep forgetting 

Comment by Mrs.B on October 16, 2017 at 3:06pm

But....but.....but.....the earth is only 6000 years old.........

Comment by Stephen on October 16, 2017 at 2:31pm

1.5-million-year-old footprints: Homo erectus walked as we do


1.5-million-year-old -GeologyPage1.5-million-year-old footprint shows that Homo erectus’ foot anatomies and mechanics were similar to ours. Credit: Kevin Hatala

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Comment by Mrs.B on October 14, 2017 at 6:33pm

Somehow doesn't surprise me.

Great looking rock drawing/carving!

Comment by Doone on October 14, 2017 at 6:11pm

Newfoundland populated multiple times by distinct groups, DNA evidence showsPhoto published for Newfoundland populated multiple times by distinct groups, DNA evidence shows

Comment by Doone on October 14, 2017 at 6:07pm

Yogi the Bear has been around for tens of thousands of years

I love everything about this word: Bärenschliffe — polished rock surfaces in caves worn smooth by the passage of bears

 
 
 

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