Part 1 A Betrayal of Human Sexual Evolution

James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
Institute of Humanistic Science

The Washington Post listed 3 new books about sex that illuminates rather than titillates at

The Washington Post July 11, 2010

This refers the reader to the Psychology Today Interview on the book which provides a source for the book reviewed.

The subject of this Post is the book "Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality," by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá (Harper, $25.99).

Stephen Lowman of The Washington Post commented that: “Humans weren't wired to be monogamous, contend the authors, and until about 10,000 years ago most had multiple sexual partners. The agricultural revolution and the concept of private property placed new pressures on the roving eye, but our innate biology has not changed with our social institutions.”

I would add "and social institutions has not changed our innate biology" as sexual violence against women and children continue as the worst epidemics that afflict modern homo sapiens. Diamond (1982) in The Third Chimpanzee states: "Throughout human history, adultery has had few rivals as a cause of murder and human misery”. (p.87); and "The role of sexual jealousy as one of the commonest causes of homicide emerges from studies in many American cities and in many other countries. (p.96).

Every newborn offers a new hope for a different future for humanity.

The Bonobo Chimpanzee, which is the least violent primate on this planet and shares 99%of its DNA with the human primate homo sapiens—the most pathologically violent primate on this planet –manifests a culture of sexual pluralism that is the opposite of a culture of sexual puritanism that characterizes homo sapiens.

The Canela is a matrilocal human culture studied by Dr. William Crocker, which he has documented as non-violent and adheres to an ethic of “sexual generosity” of multiple sexual relationships and has been described in a previous blog. The Canela attests to the validity of the thesis advanced by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá and the larger sample of tribal cultural studies reported by Prescott (1975; 1977).

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá are to be commended for their contribution to the “biological imperative” of multiple sexual partners in the history of human sexual behavior and provide the opportunity to reassess modern human sexual relationships.

When will we have the courage to face our ultimate failures as a "civilization"?

1. The affirmation that the feminine is unequal to the masculine deserving to be held as "property" by the male; and the female being morally inferior to the male";

2. Affirming that Sexual Monogamy is our "Innate Biology" that leads to sexual property rights by the male (a neocortical brain function) that contravenes the "Innate Biology" of sexual pluralism (a subcortical limbic sexual-emotional-social brain function).

We have culturally evolved a deranged brain of modern homo sapiens that defies all therapies and interventions for change. Our neocortical brain has corrupted our subcortical limbic sexual-emotional-social brain, which holds little promise of transformation.

“Deep conflicts rage at the heart of modern sexuality. Our cultivated ignorance is devastating. The campaign to obscure the true nature of our species’ sexuality leaves half our marriages collapsing under an unstoppable tide of swirling sexual frustration. libido-killing boredom, impulsive betrayal, dysfunction, confusion, and shame.” (p.2)…

“We are at war with our eroticism. We battle our hungers, expectations, and disappointments. Religion, politics and even science square off against biology and millions of years of evolved appetites. How to defuse this intractable struggle? “(p.6).

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha (2010) Sex At Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins Of Modern Sexuality. HarperCollins Publishers. New York.

This book charts the course of human hope and despair in the wars that have grown between the sexes and whose future is filled with peril. I'm currently reading Sex at Dawn--an extraordinary book and should be read by all those concerned with the future of humanity. The authors review the relevance of my work to their thesis on p. 284. A must read for those concerned with the future of humanity.

Love must be spontaneous to be a spiritual bond in the beginning, and it must remain spontaneous if it is to remain spiritual...and those of us who do not believe in the possibility of free love ought to declare frankly that we do not, at bottom, believe in the possibility of freedom.
--George Santayana
Winds of Doctrine (1913)

14 July 2010

James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
Institute of Humanistic Science
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