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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 was by Mrs.B on September 28, 2021 at 2:44am

Oldest human footprints in North America found in U.S. park | CBC News

23,000-year-old footprints in New Mexico could shed light on when humans arrived on the continent

Human footprints found at White Sands National Park in New Mexico are 23,000 years old, making them the oldest ever found in North America. (National Park Service/USGS/Bournemouth University)

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commentsFossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago, researchers reported Thursday.

The first footprints were found in a dry lake bed in White Sands National Park in 2009. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey recently analyzed seeds stuck in the footprints to determine their approximate age, ranging from around 22,800 and 21,130 years ago.

The findings may shed light on a mystery that has long intrigued scientists: When did people first arrive in the Americas, after dispersing from Africa and Asia?



Comment was by Randall Smith on April 12, 2021 at 8:00am

Interesting,  indeed. Thanks, Davy.

Comment was by Davy on April 11, 2021 at 11:03am
Comment was by Stephen Brodie on February 21, 2021 at 9:38pm

Thanks, Doone I found the linked article very interesting.

Comment was by Doone on February 21, 2021 at 8:25pm
Hybridization in human evolution: Insights from other organisms https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/evan.21787?af=R#.XULtLzOjSWA.twitter
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Comment was by Doone on February 21, 2021 at 8:20pm
A 3.8-million-year-old fossil from Ethiopia reveals the face of Lucy's ancestor, Australopithecus anamensis https://phys.org/news/2019-08-million-year-old-fossil-ethiopia-reveals-lucy.html via
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Comment was by Chris B on February 15, 2021 at 1:58am

As always cristal clear!

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 14, 2021 at 5:02pm

Good explanation.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on February 14, 2021 at 3:01pm

Richard Dawkins: Who Was the First Human?

Comment was by Chris B on January 12, 2021 at 7:09am

Great work!

 
 
 

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