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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 on Monday

Bad luck may have caused Neanderthals' extinction – study 

Scientists broadly agree that the Neanderthals died out about 40,000 years ago. Photograph: IanDagnall 

Perhaps it wasn’t our fault after all: research into the demise of the Neanderthals has found that rather than being outsmarted by Homo sapiens, our burly, thick-browed cousins may have gone extinct through bad luck alone.
The Neanderthal population was so small at the time modern humans arrived in Europe and the Near East that inbreeding and natural fluctuations in birth rates, death rates and sex ratios could have finished them off, the scientists claim.
The findings suggest that the first modern humans to reach Europe were not superior to the Neanderthals, as some accounts argue, and that anyone encumbered by survivors’ guilt may have good reason to unburden themselves.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/27/bad-luck-may-have-c...

Comment by Doone on November 29, 2019 at 11:33am
According to historian Yuval Noah Harari, it's been 125,000 generations since the emergence of human species, 7,500 since human physiology reached its current state, 500 since the agricultural revolution, and only 20 since the scientific revolution http://ow.ly/7xYC30nZIDb
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Comment by Doone on November 25, 2019 at 3:52pm
Gigantopithecus, Orangutans and Paleoproteomics (Google translate available in right margin) https://nutcrackerman.com/2014/11/28/gigantopithecus/ via
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Comment by Doone on November 24, 2019 at 2:54pm
ustralopithecus afarensis is one of the longest-lived (900K+ years!) and best-known early human species. Lucy, an Australopithecus afarensis and arguably the most famous of all early human individuals was discovered #OTD in 1974. http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/human-fossils/species/australopithecus-afarensis
Comment by Doone on November 14, 2019 at 8:12am

We are a species with no respect for our fellow mammals

Great apes probably smarter than Australopithecus species

https://sciencefocus.com/news/great-apes-probably-smarter-than-early-human-australopithecus-species/ via

Comment by Mrs.B on November 13, 2019 at 7:07pm

Wow!

Comment by Doone on November 13, 2019 at 7:03pm
Mystery resolved: ancient proteins extracted from a 1.9 Ma old specimen prove Gigantopithecus (a huge Pleistocene ape still around 300 ka ago in southeast Asia) was a sister group of the Orang-Outans. Congrats to the team
https://nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1728-8
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Comment by Doone on November 11, 2019 at 5:04pm
Neanderthal girl
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Comment by Doone on November 10, 2019 at 9:44am

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Rethinking the revolution

It does seem that the “human revolution” that made us modern never was – archaeological evidence for modern behaviours arose much earlier, starting in groups that predated our own species. Every criterion that has historically been used to differentiate modern humans from archaic humans – culture, art, treatment of the dead, ornamentation and abstract symbolism – has much older examples.

What remains to be understood, however, is the relationship between complex behaviours and hominin species from 500,000 years to 160,000 years ago when many species of hominins (not just modern humans) inhabited the African landscape. Gradual complex change is more difficult to interpret than revolution

Comment by Doone on November 10, 2019 at 9:42am
The revolution that wasn’t: African tools push back the origins of human technological innovation https://theconversation.com/the-revolution-that-wasnt-african-tools-push-back-the-origins-of-human-technological-innovation-93231
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