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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
Latest Activity: on Wednesday

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.

 

Discussion Forum

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

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member Jun 4, 2013. 7 Replies

Gestalt psychology

Started by A Former Member May 11, 2013. 0 Replies

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

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Adriana Feb 6, 2013. 6 Replies

10 Amazing Things People's Brains Have Done

Started by Michel. Last reply by Marianne Jan 19, 2013. 2 Replies

Paul Bloom: The Psychology of Everything

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Michel Jan 2, 2013. 6 Replies

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Comment by Chris on Wednesday

Many countries are suing the British National Museum to get their artifacts back.

The Maryhill museum has a lot of Rodin pieces.

The national museum of China has a lot of interesting artifacts. I sepent an entire day looking through it and didn't see half of it.

Fortunately museams are loaning out pieces so others can enjoy them.

Comment by doone on Wednesday

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

 
Comment by doone on Wednesday

Thinking and sitting - a long ago human activity

This may be the Bronze-Age version of Rodin's famous statue "The Thinker"

A picture taken on November 23, 2016 shows a 3,800-year-old jug from the Middle Bronze Age, featuring a human sculpture, displayed at the Israel Antiquities Authority lab in Jerusalem after it was unearthed during an archaeological excavation ahead of the construction of new buildings in Yehud. (AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA)
A picture taken on November 23, 2016 shows a 3,800-year-old jug from the Middle Bronze Age, featuring a human sculpture, displayed at the Israel Antiquities Authority lab in Jerusalem after it was unearthed during an archaeological excavation ahead of the construction of new buildings in Yehud. (AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA)
Comment by Stephen on November 20, 2016 at 3:01pm

Me and my friends used to spend hours at the         

it was one our favourite museums along with the British Museum.

Comment by Mrs.B on November 20, 2016 at 2:47pm

Looks in fairly good shape too.

Comment by doone on November 20, 2016 at 7:56am

A reminder that we have been nakes apes for millions of years

The Clacton spear tip is c. 420,000 years old. Made of yew and discovered in 1911, it is the oldest wooden spear in the world.

Comment by Stephen on November 17, 2016 at 8:50pm

Ah but surely the important thing is they are not using the flints and stone chips as tools they are just by products. Unlike chimps who fashion and use their own tools. I cant help but think this is an important difference.

Comment by Mrs.B on November 17, 2016 at 8:44pm

I never did think we were unique. I also think animals are smarter than us.

Comment by doone on November 17, 2016 at 8:37pm

Monkeys are seen making stone flakes so humans are 'not unique' after all - The Archaeology News Network

Comment by Mrs.B on November 8, 2016 at 1:22pm

I could definitely go for the taller, slimmer, & able to eat anything part.............

 
 
 

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