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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 Stephen 3 hours ago

Professor Alice Roberts - Origins of Us: Human Anatomy and Evolution

Comment by Doone yesterday

From the past, this movement was thought to go the other way

One of my favorite #histsci ideas about human evolution was Ernst Haeckel's notion that humans evolved on a now-lost, sunken continent of Lemuria in the Indian Ocean. https://bit.ly/39CSq6E
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Comment by Stephen on Sunday

The Purpose of Purpose - Richard Dawkins

Comment by Davy on Saturday

Our genetic ancestry is getting rather interesting, for ever finding clues about unknown species of Hominids. 
So they must have been fairly close in appearance to each other to interbreed so easily.

Comment by Doone on Friday

Early humans in Africa may have interbred with a mysterious, extinct species #AncientHumans   https://theconversation.com/early-humans-in-africa-may-have-interbr...

Comment by Doone on February 9, 2020 at 9:25pm

One rather sick Neanderthal from El Sidrón was eating a steady diet of poplar, which contains the natural painkiller salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin, as well as plants covered in Penicillium mold, which generate the antibiotic penicillin. Life was tough for this guy, who was suffering from a dental abscess, and DNA evidence indicated the presence of intestinal parasites known as microsporidia, which cause severe diarrhea.

Comment by Davy on February 4, 2020 at 9:05am

What is worrying that we are also losing domesticated breeds as well. 
So much for factory farming bringing everything down to satisfy the the bottom line and stuff everything else it don't matter as long as we are making that imaginary thing called money! 

Comment by Doone on February 3, 2020 at 9:20am

So the animal world now is basically, human, cow, pig and chicken.  https://conservationbytes.com/2020/01/24/the-state-of-global-biodiv...

Comment by Doone on February 3, 2020 at 9:18am
Global biodiversity loss: “even quite a few ecologists seem to lack an appreciation of the sheer magnitude of damage we’ve done to the planet.”
 
 
 

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