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

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

The Mind Virus

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by A Former Member Jul 1, 2010. 1 Reply

Why Intelligent People Fail

Started by Morgan Matthew. Last reply by Jaume Jun 30, 2010. 2 Replies

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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.
Comment by Adrian on March 23, 2010 at 10:47pm
@ Dallas Not an area of science I have any expertise in whatsoever, so I'm looking forward to shutting up and learning a whole load of new stuff!
Comment by Chuck G on March 23, 2010 at 5:40pm
Sam Harris Has a TED2010 talk about morality and cognition and our ability to measure and thus study them scientifically. Pretty good stuff:
Comment by Lili Morgan on March 23, 2010 at 5:32pm
Thank you Adriana! For the invitation to this interesting group! I think therefore I get into trouble! XD
Comment by Jaume on March 23, 2010 at 4:11pm
I think, therefore ...

(Complete this sentence. Be creative.)

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