THE THINKING APE: Exploring consciousness, cognition, and the human mind.

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Consciousness | Mind | Awareness & Identity | Reason & Emotion | Cognition | Evolutionary Psychology | Cognitive Biology | Memetics | Language | Intelligence | Metacognition | Theory of Mind | Neuroscience | Neuroanatomy

This group is for those who have an interest in the intersection of mind, biology, and culture. This is a group basically about us: human beings—the thinking ape. It is an exploration into who we have become, and how we got here, with the emphasis on the mind and consciousness. In other words, what we perceive, how we think, and why we believe. It is about how we understand and process information, and what we do with it once we have it.

For example, a good post topic would be what goes on in the mind that causes tribalism based on perceptions of race, nationality, belief, etc. But posting on the ethnic tensions in Kosovo, not so much.

So yes to what causes schizophrenia in the brain, but no to the latest clinical trials for treating it, unless the discussion concentrates on how the mind is specifically altered by the drugs.

Yes to articles on how evolution has caused us to develop a sense of morality and ethics, but no to posts about moral dilemmas, like should you tell your best friend his wife is cheating on him.

Same for culture: yes on how our mental faculties shape our culture, but no on the history of Mardi Gras.

Thumbs up to posts on language evolution, but thumbs down on questions about prescriptive grammar.

Get the idea? The post must be tied in some manner to the mind—how it has evolved, how it works, and how it influences us as a species.

I am not a scientist in any field. I do not know a lot about these topics, but I do have an increasingly strong interest in them. It is my hope that we can all learn from one another in this group.

Blurbs & Tidbits – post short, interesting links here
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Quotes – post interesting quotes here
The Reading List – post interesting books here
Video Thread – post your videos here

Discussion Forum

Freewill vs Determinism?

Started by Daniel Parker. Last reply by Davis Goodman Apr 16. 28 Replies

Some "Theory of Mind" in Apes

Started by Pope Beanie. Last reply by Simon Paynton Oct 7, 2016. 4 Replies

Your Brain, Typically Female or Male?

Started by T A A. Last reply by Tatyana Harris Nov 7, 2011. 13 Replies

The Magic of Thinking Big

Started by Hope Feb 26, 2011. 0 Replies

Self-Deception and it's causes

Started by Matt. Last reply by Matt Dec 23, 2010. 4 Replies

The Evolving Minds Of Humans

Started by Sydni Moser Nov 13, 2010. 1 Reply

Faking It

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by T A A Oct 15, 2010. 3 Replies

How To Live Forever! Or Why Habits Are A Curse

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by doone Oct 11, 2010. 1 Reply

Your Personality May Be Set By 1st Grade

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Jim Sep 4, 2010. 6 Replies

Human-Like Brain Found in Worm

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Sydni Moser Sep 3, 2010. 2 Replies

Is Evolutionary Biology Too Circular Sometimes?

Started by Michael Sizer-Watt. Last reply by No name Aug 30, 2010. 1 Reply

Just Buy It: Impulsiveness Tied To Brain Chemical

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Fred Werther Aug 6, 2010. 1 Reply

U.S. Losing Ground In College Graduation Race

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by NoSacredCow Jul 24, 2010. 1 Reply

Deformed Skull Suggests Human Ancestors Had Compassion

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by A Former Member Jul 17, 2010. 2 Replies

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Comment by Jaume on May 11, 2010 at 4:08am
Emotions? Bullshit. Sex has a very practical purpose.
Comment by T A A on May 10, 2010 at 5:47pm
Interesting that, whatever I've found erotic As or Bs in life have usually turned out to be a dissappointment in bed. Maybe it's cuz I'm a third generation atheist... I don't know, but feelings, emotions, and such considerations have absolutely no impact on my propensity for orgasm. Committed monogamous relationships have never been a part of my culture or value system. I guess my only remaining fantasy would be to live a community neolithic vacation camp where females raise the young and providing part of the food source, and males go about doing whatever... except at copulation time :) I think once the whole abstinence thing disappears from school curriculae, maybe then we can begin to reintroduce female choice into our value system. 'choice' has an entirely different connotation in the gay community.
Comment by T A A on May 10, 2010 at 5:31pm
I must be weird then cuz my orgasms are SO not in my brain! And my orgasms are not proportional to foreplay either. For me it's a very simple equation, and the numbers matter. I've only been felt in love a few times in my life, and it's been when that body connection is so intense that it leaves absolutely no room for any brain pattern whatsoever :)
Comment by Atheist Exile on May 10, 2010 at 3:03pm
This discussion makes me wonder how physiologically similar people really are. Some are strictly gay. Some are strictly heterosexual. Some are unabashedly bi-sexual. Genitals, brain, tongue, nipples, hand and prostate gland: people respond differently to sexual stimuli. Why? If we're all genetically human, why such differences?

Scientific studies can't even agree if the G-spot actually exists, yet many women swear by it. In most places in the world, it's taken for granted that we're responsible for our own sexuality. But in Muslim countries, men are not responsible for their urges and clitorectomies are recommended to keep women from losing control of their urges.

I think such variability within our species can only be accounted for by our brains. Women who experience orgasm from G-spot stimulation are not physiologically different from women who don't. Men who experience orgasm from prostate gland stimulation are not physically different from men who don't.

It's all in the brain. Sexual organs don't have sexual preferences. Brains do.
Comment by NoSacredCow on May 10, 2010 at 12:54pm
I want my cake and Edith too...
Comment by NoSacredCow on May 10, 2010 at 12:52pm
Who needs to breathe?
Comment by Jewelz on May 10, 2010 at 12:48pm
Personally, I'm still looking for a man with an 8 inch tongue who can breathe through his ears.
Comment by NoSacredCow on May 10, 2010 at 12:35pm
I thought it was just "fun factor"
Comment by NoSacredCow on May 10, 2010 at 12:31pm
not to go off on a tanget Dallas but isn't that kind of a focal point?

Comment by NoSacredCow on May 10, 2010 at 12:21pm
Whatever happened to "It isn't the size of your bait it's how you wiggle your worm?"

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