We can’t understand human beings without understanding human sexuality. Recently, I had a post that discussed the orgasmic potential in women. It was well received by people I happen to know in real life. Whereas, for the first time, I had people unsubscribing to the blog updates! I thought I should explain why I keep straying into human sexuality every now and then.
Under the category Mental Mess, I am posting on stuff that will help us get better clarity on things around us. Because we are social animals, large chunk of these posts are going to be on understanding the human nature.
In other words, I believe that our biology largely determines our behavior. I also believe that most of our biology is a product of evolution. So, I rely on social biology to help me understand the human nature and behavior.
Long before Darwin, farmers were crossing-breeding domestic animals and (not ‘with’) plants to modify/improve the stock. Darwin realized that this process of selective breeding happened in the wild too. He called this process the Natural Selection (in order to benchmark it against the ‘artificial selection’ which people were already familiar).
Sometimes, natural selection acts on mate selection alone. One such example is peacock’s tail feathers (or a diamond studded Rolex). It has no utility other than advertising to a potential mate the fitness levels of the peacock (or, the affluence of the guy who is wearing the watch). This type of selection is called the Sexual Selection. It is a sub-set of natural selection.
Group Selection is another sub-set of natural selection. It happens when one collection of individuals evolves a trait that is beneficial to the group, even though it may not be beneficial to the individual. Our sense of spirituality is thought of as a product of group selection.
Natural selection and all its subsets all run on one type of fuel: The Selfish Gene.
Huge, HUGE, part of our nature and behavior is determined by the forces of Sexual Selection. Till about a couple of decades ago, we completely under-estimated the impact of the forces of sexual selection on human nature. Also, since many forces of sexual selection act only during the reproductive age, its effects are often thought of as vain by people who are outside the reproductive mind set (too young, too old, celibates, religions, etc.).
Because of the immense prudishness that surrounds human sexuality, we hesitate to look into this subject or talk about it. As a consequence of all this confusion, general public knows next to nothing about how sexual selection makes up who we are. Because we don’t understand sexual selection, we keep berating human behavior that is perfectly healthy or encouraging behavior that is totally unhealthy.
There is no way we are going to truly understand the human behavior without understanding how the forces of sexual selection act on us. I believe that understanding our very nature is essential to help us redesign our society, our values, our morals, etc. And to live happily ever after.