Duration – 200,000 years ago up until approximately 8,000 BC
In order to understand the title of this book and what Sex 3.0 is we must first look at what Sex 1.0 means and what Sex 2.0 means.
Without the understanding of the path that human sexual relationships took and why we took this path, we cannot truly understand how and why we arrived at the present day situation or have a good grasp of future direction.
In other words, we cannot have a good map.
All of human history, when you include the species we descended from, is an awfully long time. It’s millions and millions of years so let’s just focus on the most relevant parts that mark out the path that human sexuality has taken.
In this chapter we are going to look at the Sex 1.0 part of history which is approximately 200,000 years ago up until 10,000 years ago or approximately 8,000 BC.
In the last 200,000 years of human sexuality, Sex 1.0 is what we have had for about 95% of the time.
We spent pretty much all of the last 200,000 years living as hunter gathers. Roaming in small tribes of typically a dozen or two dozen people. It was a very nomadic existence. Without permanent settlements, always moving to where food can be found, gathered or hunted. Wherever food, water and shelter could be that’s where we had to go in order to survive.
During this time human beings had no concept of property.
This is key to the understanding of Sex 1.0 – no concept of property.
Why? Because property was not necessary for survival. In fact, bearing in mind how nomadic people were and that you would need to carry any property that you owned with you which would slow you down, owning property would likely reduce your chances of survival.
Without the concept of property you cannot have self-interest except in cases where survival resources were scarce.
In other words, the tribe would all look after each other. After a successful hunting and gathering foray, everybody in the tribe ate.
Hoarding food would be regarded as shameful behaviour and could get you thrown out of the tribe. If that happened and you we left to fend for yourself, your chances of survival would plummet.
The fear of getting thrown out of the tribe by engaging in behaviour like going against tribal codes or being disapproved of in any way is why people are so fearful of not conforming.
This is what the Asch conformity experiments demonstrated so brilliantly. The instinctive need to conform.
This need to conform developed during the Sex 1.0 period as a survival mechanism. A form of fear that was very useful at the time to help ensure that you did not get thrown out of the tribe.
An instinctual survival mechanism.