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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?)

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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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Gestalt psychology

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Paul Bloom: The Psychology of Everything

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Comment by Mrs.B on Saturday

Thanks doone, that helps muchly.

Comment by Doone on Saturday

Sorry, it is too long to copy and paste but here is the last paragraph.

Now that the dust has settled somewhat, however, scholars are reviving the connection between uniquely human kinship and its importance for the understanding of our ancient past. Putting it simply, humans have families in ways that no other animals do. In Early Human Kinship (2011), the anthropologist Wendy James encourages thinkers from science and the humanities to come together ‘on the very important question of how evolutionary theory could or should take account of the ordered character of human organisation, specifically … how we try to manage patterns of male-female and parent-child relations, and thus the purposeful outcomes of our own reproduction’.

Just how far back to push that purposeful impact we make on ourselves might never be known. But when the creative power of our own bodies dawned on our ancestors, we seized a powerful role in our own behaviour, and sometimes a powerful role over our descendants, future tribe members, fellow humans, and kindreds of all kinds on Mother Earth. Or putting it in truly human terms: kindred of all kinds on Mother and Father Earth.



Comment by Mrs.B on Saturday

Can't read that doone.....medium members only.

Comment by Doone on Saturday

Sex makes babies

As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?

https://medium.com/@aeonmag/sex-makes-babies-6b07937ad6d3

Comment by Mrs.B on August 13, 2017 at 5:46pm

That's beautiful.

Comment by Doone on August 13, 2017 at 5:35pm

The earliest known image of the female face - carved in woolly mammoth ivory over 26,000 years ago at Dolní Věstonice

Comment by Stephen on August 12, 2017 at 8:02pm

"Genes from our extinct relatives live on in modern humans"

Good read Doone thanks.

Comment by Doone on August 12, 2017 at 7:34pm

Genes from our extinct relatives live on in modern humans

Comment by Doone on August 12, 2017 at 7:30pm

The 5,500-year-old Sumerian number system was sexagesimal (base 60). We still use it for time, angles, and geographic coordinates.

Comment by Doone on August 12, 2017 at 7:17pm

The comparison image 

 
 
 

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