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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?)

Location: #science
Members: 56
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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 Doone on January 9, 2019 at 8:01pm

Photographer Jessie Williams caught a glimpse of the impressive similarity between a young orangutan's hand a human hand in this awesome photo

Comment by Doone on January 5, 2019 at 9:54pm
Comment by Doone on January 4, 2019 at 3:05pm

This percentage is moving fast!

Research Confirms that DNA Makes Up About 20% of the Modern Human Genome

Comment by Doone on January 3, 2019 at 6:41pm

The "Daka" skull of Homo erectus from Ethiopia has a mixture of features otherwise known from earlier African and Asian skulls. Could it be evidence of gene flow out of (or into) Africa between 800,000 and 1 million years ago? Image: Wikipedia

Comment by Mrs.B on December 28, 2018 at 4:14pm

Weird huh?

Comment by Stephen on December 28, 2018 at 3:42pm

Sumerians Look On In Confusion As God Creates World

Members of the earth's earliest known civilization, the Sumerians, looked on in shock and confusion some 6,000 years ago as God, the Lord Almighty, created Heaven and Earth

According to recently excavated clay tablets inscribed with cuneiform script, thousands of Sumerians—the first humans to establish systems of writing, agriculture, and government—were working on their sophisticated irrigation systems when the Father of All Creation reached down from the ether and blew the divine spirit of life into their thriving civilization.

https://www.theonion.com/sumerians-look-on-in-confusion-as-god-crea...

Comment by Doone on December 28, 2018 at 3:01pm

When algorithms divide humans into seven subpopulations according to genetics this is the result. Source:

Comment by Doone on December 27, 2018 at 12:31pm

“If we look around the world today, we are really the only hominin game in town. People assume that’s the way it must have always been. In fact, the world was a much more interesting place not that long ago.” Josh Akey sums up my favorite lesson from 2018:

Comment by Doone on December 26, 2018 at 1:56pm

Why Human Speech Is Special: Evolutionary changes in both the vocal tract and the brain were necessary for humans’ remarkable gift of gab via

Comment by Doone on December 25, 2018 at 7:02am

The Evolution of Woman - Illustration by Eduardo Saiz Alonso

 
 
 

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