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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 Doone on September 21, 2019 at 4:23am

People of Europe by Haplogroups

Comment by Stephen on September 19, 2019 at 12:43pm

Denisovans: Face of long-lost human relative unveiled
Researchers have provided the first glimpse of what an ancient species of human looked like.
Denisovan remains were discovered in 2008 and human evolution experts have become fascinated with the species that went extinct around 50,000 years ago.
One of the biggest questions had been over their appearance, with no full sketches of the Denisovan drawn up.
But now a team of researchers have produced reconstructions of our long-lost relatives.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-49760240

Comment by Doone on September 18, 2019 at 1:05am
Rebuilding the skull of the "first modern human". #Africa Transformation and Modification. https://nutcrackerman.com/2019/09/16/reconstruyendo-el-craneo-del-primer-humano-moderno/ via complex evolutionary process of Homo sapi ens , which may have been composed of several phases
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Comment by Stephen on September 12, 2019 at 5:44pm

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Comment by Doone on September 11, 2019 at 5:34pm
Deciphering African late middle Pleistocene hominin diversity and the origin of our species https://nature.com/articles/s41467-019-11213-w "H. sapiens appears to have originated from the coalescence of South and, possibly, East-African source populations"
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Comment by Doone on September 4, 2019 at 4:40pm
Multiple lines of mysterious ancient humans interbred with us https://on.natgeo.com/2ZKnvzU
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Comment by Doone on September 4, 2019 at 4:37pm

Among the many links Kelso and Dannemann identified as they dug into data from more than 112,000 individuals in the UKB was, once again, an association between certain Neander-thal variants and aspects of skin biology.5 Specifically, the archaic sequences spanning the BNC2 gene—a stretch of the genome that Vernot and Akey had identified as having Neanderthal origin in some 70 percent of non-Africans—were very clearly associated with skin color. People who carried Neanderthal DNA there tended to have pale skin that burned instead of tanned, Kelso says. And the stretch that included BNC2 was just one of many, she adds: around 50 percent of Neanderthal variants linked with phenotype in her study have something to do with skin or hair color. 

Comment by Doone on September 1, 2019 at 12:57pm

Our ancestor from 3.8 million years ago

https://www.newsweek.com/face-ancient-human-revealed-evolution-1456512


Australopithecus anamensis
The reconstructed face of MRD, a young male belonging to the Australopithecus anamensis. Its discovery has been called a "game changer" for our understanding of human evolution 3.8 million years ago.MATT CROW, COURTESY OF THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Early human evolution is not well understood—and as more fossils are discovered, the picture becomes even more complex. Different species of hominin—which includes the genus Homo, to which humans belong—lived at different times, overlapping in time and space, with new species emerging at different, unknown points.

Comment by Stephen on August 28, 2019 at 10:18am

Australopithecus Evolution

 
 
 

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