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The Burgeoning Family Tree of the Naked Ape

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The Burgeoning Family Tree of the Naked Ape

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?)

Location: #science
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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 January 27, 2018 at 7:18pm

twister: it's the shape of our brains, not size, that makes modern humans modern, study suggests

Comment by Mrs.B on January 27, 2018 at 4:55pm

Burnt Sienna of course.

Comment by Stephen on January 27, 2018 at 4:36pm

Ancient lake reveals a colourful past

UNIVERSITY OF YORK—Archaeologists say they may have discovered one of the earliest examples of a 'crayon' - possibly used by our ancestors 10,000 years ago for applying colour to their animal skins or for artwork.

http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2018/article/ancient-la...

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Comment by Mrs.B on January 25, 2018 at 8:38pm

Wish I had that kind of talent.

Comment by Doone on January 25, 2018 at 8:36pm

Two views of a Homo erectus by Czech artist Zdeněk Burian (1905-1981)

Comment by Mrs.B on January 25, 2018 at 8:11pm

Amazing to think what might be hiding under ice!

Comment by Doone on January 25, 2018 at 8:08pm

Thousands of preserved Iron and Bronze Age artefacts discovered after glacier ice melts in Norway. Glacial archaeologists found 4,000-year-old arrows, Bronze Age clothing and even a ski with its binding from 700 AD.

Comment by Stephen on January 25, 2018 at 7:36pm

Unless they come up with new dating techniques its hard to pin down a date

Comment by Mrs.B on January 25, 2018 at 5:45pm

Always learning......great stuff!

 
 
 

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