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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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Comment by Mrs.B on February 23, 2019 at 5:42pm

And they posed so pretty.....

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on February 23, 2019 at 5:21pm

A remarkable photo of wild female bonobos during a three-community intergroup encounter at Wamba, DR Congo. Photo by Takumasa Yokoyama. Depicts two of the reasons I love : 1. peaceful intergroup interactions and 2. smart, sassy and supportive females

Comment by Stephen on February 22, 2019 at 1:22pm

The Origins and Evolution of Language | Michael Corballis | TEDxAuckland

Comment by Daniel W on February 20, 2019 at 8:21pm

Davy, thank you for the information.  Your grandmother was wise.

Comment by Davy on February 20, 2019 at 11:27am

That genetic history of the "Denisovan" genetic flow ties in very well to the previous post on migration into Australia. 

Comment by Davy on February 20, 2019 at 11:15am

Daniel W 
Not all groups included the don't grumble rule. I do not know whether the Awabakals included it as my Grandmother was forbidden to teach her children the Awabakal Lore/law.

Because if she ever mentioned that she was Aboriginal they would take her kids off her. My elder brother , elder sister and I nearly became part of the stolen generations but my mother used the very same lies that they told Grandma to say that we were West Indians not Koori, so we stayed with Mum and Dad. 
One of the reasons that I have no religion.

All wise men are of the same religion, and keep it to themselves. – Lord Shaftesbury.


Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on February 19, 2019 at 5:27pm

A ‘Denisovan’ genetic history of recent human evolution

Comment by Mrs.B on February 18, 2019 at 5:57pm

I find sometimes that our curse words aren't strong enough.

Comment by Daniel W on February 18, 2019 at 5:37pm

Twentyone curses in 6 languages.

Im especially fond of some of the Spanish, German, and Irish expressipns.

Source

Comment by Mrs.B on February 18, 2019 at 3:41pm

 
 
 

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