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
Get Mental: The Thinking Ape Repository - for miscellaneous info
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, 2017. 28 Replies

The Rich Are Different: More Money, Less Empathy

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Belle Rose Mar 6, 2017. 3 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 T A A on May 10, 2010 at 2:54am
This is not just a one off study either, for years now we have known that penis size in various species says a lot about female selection. Religion has removed female selection from our culture almost completely in the guise of virginity and monogamy, which has created over the millenia a niche of success from less endowed males. It's good these facts are finally coming out to the greater public as it will help relieve the centuries old disgust lain upon women who do care about size. Selective women have been chastised for long enough.
Comment by Sydni Moser on April 26, 2010 at 5:12pm

In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, NOVA presents "Mind Over Money"—an entertaining and penetrating exploration of why mainstream economists failed to predict the crash of 2008 and why we so often make irrational financial decisions. It's a program that reveals how our emotions interfere with our decision-making and explores controversial new arguments about the world of finance. Before the current crash, most Wall Street analysts believed that markets are "efficient"—that investors are reasonable and always operate in their own economic self-interest. Most of the time, these assumptions of classical economics work well enough. But in extreme situations, people panic and conventional theories collapse. In the face of the recent crash, can a new science that aims to incorporate human psychology into finance—behavioral economics—do better?

WATCH a Preview HERE:
Comment by Jaume on April 14, 2010 at 10:25am
(part of my previous entry was lost to the void - it should read:)

This one must be an evolutionary dead-end, though. Read the (Un)thinking Ape's own article here.
Comment by Jaume on April 14, 2010 at 10:19am
Thinking Ape found. This one must be

Or, "How Deepak Chopra, unsatisfied with both Intelligent Design and Evolution, invented (ta-da!) Intelligent Evolution"

What's funny is, while I was reading Chopra's article, they played an old song on the radio, with background vocalists scatting a chorus line like, "dee-pee-tee, pee-tee-dee, pak". It sounded exactly like "Deepity, pity, Deepak". At the moment my mind was so infected with Deepak's prose that I wasn't reactive enough to check the song's credits.
Comment by Jaume on April 5, 2010 at 6:19am
Comment by Reggie on March 28, 2010 at 12:35am
I think I think.
Comment by T A A on March 25, 2010 at 11:15pm
He is so wrong on so many points! Newest research points to GMOs DO having health effects, they are NOT the same as previous seedstock. Use of GMOs does NOT increase production per foot when considering all factors (not just in the field per se). GMOs ARE decreasing genetic diversity. GMOs are killing off nature's plant/seed food for entire ecosystems. Additional agricultural production will NOT feed the world. GMOs and the Green revolution have enslaved third world peoples to Western agricultural financial interests. Plenty of people in N.America have vitamin deficiencies! He says big pharma are saving lives - ergo Measles and polio. FALSE those vaccines were pushed for in the years preceding big pharma, when science was not hijacked by large corporations! Aspirin would NOT have passed todays drug release standards. Us Westerners ALREADY have access to malaria prevention, we aren't giving it to the third world because it is not profitable. There IS growing evidence for effectiveness of echinacea to boost the immune system. Religiosity of scientists DOES affect science, in the way science poses new hypotheses.

I didn't know him before this, now having listened to this, he seems to me like a paid mouthpiece for certain financial interests. The one thing that seems most obvious is that his actual understanding of science is outrageously limited.

Other than religious credulity, the other reason people distrust bad science is because many scientists have sold out to profit and are willing to twist the truth in exchange for financial gain.

I agree with him on homeopathy... that's about it. He is as much a denialist as I've ever seen, and sounds exactly like any climate change "denialist". He is an example of how we use one word having a certain meaning and hijacking that word to serve our own agenda. He's just plain dishonest.
Comment by Sydni Moser on March 25, 2010 at 1:58pm
Authors@Google: Michael Specter

Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives

Why have so many Americans, who more than any other people have been defined by progress and scientific achievement, begun to mistrust the scientific process itself? How did vaccines, the world's most effective health measure, become a subject of bitter debate and denial?. Why do Americans spend billions of dollars each year on dietary supplements, despite growing stacks of evidence that they are either useless or dangerous? Why, despite thousands of years of agricultural success, do we insist that genetically modified food is somehow different and more dangerous than "conventional" crops? And why, in the era of genomic medicine, do we so often on ignore genetic realities - preferring to cling to the myth that we are all alike?
This event took place on November 19, 2009

Comment by T A A on March 24, 2010 at 7:43pm
I think therefore I err...
Comment by Nate on March 24, 2010 at 8:14am
I think, therefore I drink.

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