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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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How Not to Think About Scrotum's

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Our Orgastic Future

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E.O. Wilson: Tribalism, Groupism, Globalism

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Gestalt psychology

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On the usefulness of illusions

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How Whites Think About Race

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How to scare someone who knows no fear

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10 Amazing Things People's Brains Have Done

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Paul Bloom: The Psychology of Everything

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Comment by Stephen on February 18, 2019 at 3:32pm

Swearing is as old as old English 

42 Old English Insults
BY Paul Anthony Jones February 23, 2015

Abydos was a city in Ancient Egypt whose inhabitants, according to one 19th century dictionary, “were famous for inventing slanders and boasting of them.” Whether that’s true or not, the name Abydos is the origin of abydocomist—a l

An adulterer. Another of Shakespeare’s inventions that became popular in Victorian slang.

To bespawl means to spit or dribble. A bespawler is a slobbering person, who spits when he talks.

An old Tudor English word for a fool. Coined by the 15th-16th century poet John Skelton (who was

Also called a cumberground—someone who is so useless, they just serve to take up space.

Cop is an old word for the head, making a dalcop (literally a “dull-head”) a particularly stupid person. You can also be a harecop, or a “hare-brained” person.
An 18th century word for an especially large shoe, and consequently a clumsy or awkward person.


As well as being another name for a nincompoop, a dorbel is a petty, nit-picking teacher. It’s derived from the name of an old French scholar named Nicolas d’Orbellis, who was well known as a supporter of the much-derided philosopher John Duns Scotus (whose followers were the original “dunces”).

An old English dialect word for someone who drawls or speaks indistinctly.
An untidy woman.

And many more =.

Comment by Mrs.B on February 18, 2019 at 2:19pm

Grumbling, & swearing are in my dna.

Comment by Daniel W on February 18, 2019 at 11:24am

Most of those seem like an excellent guide to life.  The 12 Commandments.  I could live by almost sll of them.  I might have to give up grumbling :-) and I doubt I could give up swearing.

Do they have gods?

Comment by Davy on February 18, 2019 at 10:15am

A good find Doone. 
Now I understand why the Lore/law of every tribe had a common overarching thread running through it. 
Here is something from the mob up in Arnhem Land NT. 
From what I can gather that my own mob would have had something similar. 

A study of initiation ceremonies in Arnhem Land showed that in most groups the following code was taught to the young men at initiation: “This is what the first old men told us. In some areas it is the old women, not the old men, who administer this part of the ceremony.”

“Do not be greedy. Eat a little and give to others, especially to old people, to women, to sick people and to strangers ‘coming by’. If someone brings food near you, do not say: ‘Give me, I’m hungry’ Just sit there.” (To do otherwise is ta dikku or ‘raw mouth’, meaning uncouth)
“Do not steal other people’s food”
“Do not steal other people's belongings.”
“Do not tell lies; speak the truth.”
“Do not talk back to old people.”
“Do not swear”
“Do not grumble.” (This was not included in all groups.)
“Do not laugh at strangers”
“Do not laugh at women”
“Do not stare at women”
“Do not ‘ask’ a woman if you happen to meet when hunting”
“Have a ‘strong heart’, ngoi dal”.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on February 10, 2019 at 12:17am

Great map on early in . Easy to see how continent was likely settled originally. There are competing theories but this seems to be the most popular (happy to be corrected on this matter). Source:

Comment by Stephen on February 6, 2019 at 9:01pm

A taste for fat may have made us human, says study

YALE UNIVERSITY—Long before human ancestors began hunting large mammals for meat, a fatty diet provided them with the nutrition to develop bigger brains, posits a new paper* in Current Anthropology.
The paper argues that our early ancestors acquired a taste for fat by eating marrow scavenged from the skeletal remains of large animals that had been killed and eaten by other predators. The argument challenges the widely held view among anthropologists that eating meat was the critical factor in setting the stage for the evolution of humans.

An African grassland environment like this formed a typical backdrop for early human scavenging.

Comment by Stephen on January 30, 2019 at 9:48pm

New studies reveal deep history of archaic humans in southern Siberia
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD—Oxford University scientists have played a key role in new research identifying the earliest evidence of some of the first known humans – Denisovans and Neanderthals, in Southern Siberia.
Professor Tom Higham and his team at the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit at the University of Oxford worked in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team from the UK, Russia, Australia, Canada and Germany, on the detailed investigation over the course of five years, to date the archaeological site of Denisova cave. Situated in the foothills of Siberia’s Altai Mountains, it is the only site in the world known to have been occupied by both archaic human groups (hominins) at various times.
The two new studies published in Nature, now put a timeline on when Neanderthals and their enigmatic cousins, the Denisovans, were present at the site and the environmental conditions they faced before going extinct.
Natalia Belousova (Russian Academy of Sciences) and Tom Higham taking samples from the Main Chamber at Denisova Cave. (photo credit and copyright Sergey Zelinski, Russian Academy of Sciences).

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on January 27, 2019 at 1:28pm

Investigate Neanderthals, Denisovans, and ancient human-hybrids with host and primatologist , comic co-host , paleoanthropologist , and biological anthropologist Ryan Raaum via


Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on January 25, 2019 at 9:47pm

100,000 yrs ago six hominin species co-existing with Homo sapiens - Western & Eastern Neanderthals, Denisovans, H. floresiensis, H. nadeli and H. erectus - by 40,000 yrs only one was left - their legacy is in our DNA from interbreeding

Comment by Mrs.B on January 24, 2019 at 3:21pm

She is beautiful.


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