New Project – The truth about Sexuality.

The Truth about sexuality

Greetings one or two people who may read this.  I have a new project explaining human sexuality because I’m just so damn sick of it not being explained adequately or sensibly.  So I have decided to make a start – again.  But before I do that I thought you might like to know where I got up to last time…

So what would you like to know about human sexuality?

Probably more than you realize.  There is of course the old puzzle that there seems to be such a variation in human sexuality, when there is such a simple evolutionary imperative of reproduction.  A question that might easily be summed up as “how can there be gay people”.  Of course this wouldn’t be a problem if you weren’t an evolutionist or a hard core genetic determinist.  But I am, and if you are also then that could be a problem.

Then there’s other issues, usually around ‘consent’ where the reporting of having performed certain sexual acts will cause you to be imprisoned whereas others will not.

In Africa at the time of writing there have been laws against homosexuality even more extreme than what they used to have in western countries, such that an African minister said:

“Homosexuality is worse than Malignant cancer.  It’s worse than HIV Aids.  It’s worse than terrorism, which you are fighting left and right because it will just wipe out the whole of humanity.”

Actually as we will find out the opposite view is much closer to the truth.  It is Hetrosexuality that has that status.

Now I just want to say that it is not my desire that I go into this whole morass, it just seems to be such a pressing issue of people getting it wrong over and over, and me having to experience that.

So why not give the correct account and then put it up for people to not read because there is no likely path to them discovering the information, but at least I can feel relieved that they could theoretically find out the correct information if they wanted to.

The only real problem for me is that giving the correct account verges onto information that it would be dangerous to reveal and this is about the political structure of structure of society.  I even worry that people might extrapolate from the information that I do reveal, to a correct understanding of society and the environment.  But what am I talking about?  People never extrapolate a damn thing.  That’s why we’re in this mess to begin with.

OK that’s enough bollixing around.  Let’s get down to some explaining.  What sort of society are we in?  Sometimes I have said we are in “The Moral Society” but that’s a just a load of shit.  People just pretend to be in a moral society, and it’s fun  for me to attack that pretense

Really we’re in:

Sorry folks!  I’ll have to leave it there for now.  There was more, but it got serious pretty fast so I thought I would cut it short.  Stay tuned for next time though!

Informationism

Here I’ll put a recent formulation of Informationism for you to review:

 An Explanation of Informationism

If you’re anything like me you’ve noticed that there are far too many people who have an idea about what you should do, what’s ‘right’ and ‘good’ – If you’ll only listen to them.
You’ll be glad to know that Informationism is nothing like that.

Informationism starts from the idea that you’re going to do something The question is; “what can we know about that ‘something?’ ” Depending on your view of human nature it might be either quite alot or not much.

If you believe as I do that evolutionary forces have a great deal to do with how we will act then you will probably believe that that ‘something’ will be some sort of attempt to preserve and benefit our genetic and cultural information, as if we were living in the ancestral environment that we primarily evolved in.
The idea of Informationism is simply that we continue to try and benefit our information, but do it consciously, and tailor it for our current environment.

The core idea behind Informationism itself, is that the world (and us as part of it) consists of distinct replicatable units, these being the elements that informationism works with. However, regardless of the actual metaphysical state of the world, it would presumably be enough for an idea of Informationism to be implemented, for it to be successful in it’s own terms.

 The Fundamental Internal Requirement of Informationism

The most basic thing that implementing a belief in Informationism should do, is actually benefit your information. If it does not do this then there is no point being a ‘Informationist’ –  you would be better of believing something else. If for instance being a Christian was going to benefit your Information more, then you should go and do that instead. You would no longer be believing that you should benefit your information, but you would actually be benefiting it more, so it would be the most Informationist position.

 Definition of the Informational ‘Entity’

It’s not just individual human persons that an be Informationists, it’s any entity that is capable if making intellectually informed decisions and carrying them out cohesively. It may be a government a group, a company, or an individual. However, it is not just the information within the bounds of the decision making entity that is of concern (where that entity is Informationist) but all information that is the same as information within that entity. A standard example is that of a person who has a child. They will seek to preserve the child as it will share information with them as the parent. This information will be both genetic and cultural.

 Content Similarity

The idea of preserving and creating content similarity for the Informationist entity (typically a human individual) is a key concept of Informationism. Whilst it may not seem right on the face of it, it is infact what we do all the time, and formalising it into that position makes sense. You would not, for instance; want to have a discussion with someone, and have your positions move apart, because this would violate content similarity. Content similarity can be summed up as preserving, and creating more instances of that which is the same as ‘you’, whatever ‘you’ happens to be.

 A Position that’s being Advocated

It is important to realise that this isn’t a moral theory. I don’t think that this is what you should morally do. The reason for this is that morality itself is a fraught concept. Basically it’s extremely contested, even what it means for something to be ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Therefore, it is better to avoid all of that kind of mess, and simply concentrate explaining Informationism and what it means. Since it is not a moral theory it also avoids attack on the basis of ‘Naturalistic Fallacy’.
It is rather a logical position that’s being advanced on the basis that you’re got to do something and everything else makes less sense in logical terms so you may as well do this.  It’s like a default position.

Informationism Parallels Morality in Many Cases

Although it’s not claimed that Informationism is what’s ‘right’ as such, it is often the case that what is considered to be right will benefit your information. This is because our natural moral sentiments evolved in the ancestral environment, and so that part of what we will tend to do often remains what we (informationally) should do. This as we still live in social groups, and the management of behaviour towards of the members these still remains a priority concern.

Informationism also creates a similar scale of ‘duties’, which would be moral duties if this were a morality, and this is based on the level of content similarity, or how much information the person (or decision making entity) has compared with that which it is making a decision about.

For instance, for a human; a member of the same family is owed more than a random individual. A random individual is owed more than a member of another species such as a dog. A dog is owed more than a plant and so on. This allows us to make sense of what would be moral obligations, but here they are neatly paralleled by an Informationist understanding.

 An Altruistic Approach

Further to it its near moral nature, Informationism is not to be confused with the philosophy of Egotism, which says that what we should do is what is in our own best interests. What Informationism advocates we do is what is in the interest of our information not ourselves (although this may constitute a good part of our information).
One of the ways in which Informationism can clearly be shown to be different from Egotism is that if an exact clone* of a person was created, an Informationist would owe that person just about the same level of consideration as what they owed themselves, because they would share all the same information. Under Egotism however they would be owed nothing.

Further to this; I would say that our conception of our selves relies on a recently generated myth.
See: The Refutation of Liberalism (A much earlier writing of mine – proceed with caution)

*Note: I am talking about a clone in terms of everything, not just genetic cloning.

 Informationism is Compatible with most Belief Systems

You can add Informationism to most other belief systems as it does not require that those beliefs are changed, but rather that they are promoted. This will hopefully create content similarity in others so that they share your beliefs.

 Thinking About It

If you think it in a charitable way, I think you will find that Informationism as a philosophy solves many of the decision making problems which we face. However I am open to some hard working out of any difficulties with the theory and hope to hear some.

Subordinate Sex

Subordinate Sex

His and Hers

A guide to personal conquest

by Derek Ellis

Professor of Biology University of Victoria, British Columbia Canada

I am writing a review and criticism of this book because it is simply so amazing on multiple different levels. It is a stunning book. A book like I thought I’d never see.

Let me explain. I wrote a book which I can’t do anything with, because the content is so controversial and damaging to me. For a number of years I’ve had to deal with living in this, without any much stimulation from the world of reality.

I often look in book shops for books that give some indication of the author knowing something of reality. Usually I am disappointed in this, but that’s not all that surprising given that the place in which we operate is a mythspace necessarily disconnected from the real world.

The book

Let me get this straight; Subordinate Sex was, and is an absolute failure as a commercial prospect. You will scarcely find a more rare and unloved volume. From what I can discern on the web there was only ever the first edition in hardback published in 1983. Even that seems uncited and unreviewed, basically making no impact on the world whatsoever, save it being an obscure volume on the shelves of a few scattered bookshops. There are so few of these books in the world, that if even a fraction of the people who read this review went out to get hold of a copy, that would totally exhaust the world’s total (second hand) supply.

So why should you care about that? Some book that effectively has been shunned by the world?

You should care because it is one of the very few texts that lie outside the end of science. People don’t want to know about, not because they believe it’s false, but because they can see it might be true. If it was true it would be a big problem for the world because they would have to see reality in a whole new way, and that’s massively threatening for them.

Make no mistake, Subordinate Sex is right up there with Darwin’s The Origin of the Species, The decent of Man, The Naked Ape and The Human Zoo by Desmond Morris and Wilson’s Sociobiology: The New Synthesis. In other words it’s important as an anthropological sense as an investigation of humankind as those prior volumes.

Unlike those volumes however it is virtually unknown.

Look at the following headline from the BBC archive:

1967: The Naked Ape steps out Zoologist Dr Desmond Morris has stunned the world by writing about humans in the same way scientists describe animals.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/12/newsid_3116000/3116329.stm

If that ‘stunned the world’ why was this book ‘shunned by the world’. There are reasons as we will see.

Most interesting for me, this book is a crack in the armor of the mythspace, that all embracing explanation that everyone seems to want to believe. It’s not so much a crack because of what it says, no that can be dealt with – I’ll be doing a bit of that myself. No it is an anomaly because it was placed in front of people and they chose to ignore it, which is a miniature social horror. Just as it would be if I went round with a gun shooting people and they chose to ignore that.

People ignored it and there are reasons why. They have nothing to do with truth. People don’t want truth. They want to cover up the truth. We have this thing ‘Anthropological truth’ which is a byproduct of science. Science itself we love because it is a tool which gives us power. Anthropological truth can give us power too, but in this case it undermines the very root of the power structure itself so then it must be ignored, not argued against and rejected, but outright ignored.

As for me, I am alone. The reason for this is that there is scarcely a single person in the world who seems to understand a single thing outside the mythspace. This gives me a dilemma. I am alone, and yet if I show people things I give them an advantage over me. Furthermore discussion of the matter often depends on personal experience which when revealed causes me to run the risk of greater isolation and alienation from people.

With this book – I love it. I don’t have to exploit my own personal experiences, I can just point to this book and that can take my shame, my guilt, my indecision about how to live in this thing whatever you call it.

That is a very great relief to me.

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I’ve been thinking for weeks how I’m going to approach this piece of writing that I know I must do. …The simple madness of it.

What I’m saying is that there was this manuscript that a publisher accepted from a reputable, previously published university biologist. They decided to print that manuscript as a hard cover book, presumably promoting it through all the usual channels. They said that it was “the first new theory of human sexuality since Freud” Then it “fell stillborn from the press” as Nietzsche once said of one one of his books.

Years later I come along, a nobody, and I tell you that this is a really interesting book that you should get really excited about. What the fuck?

OK enough blabber. The publishers dust cover jacket is entitled “SUBORDINATE SEX” with the subtitle “A GUIDE TO PERSONAL CONQUEST” and then in fancy script “Dr Derek Ellis” The main picture is of a naked man and woman identifiable by gender, but not individually behind an opaque glass shower screen, with two towels on a railing infront of them. On these towels is embroidered “His” and “Hers” respectively. “His and Hers” is actually the subtitle to the book whereas “ A guide to personal conquest” is only present on the dust cover, reflecting presumably the publishers justifiable nervousness about the commercial prospects of a book entitled, as it is “Subordinate Sex”.

The only impression you get when first viewing the cover, is that it is some sort of seventies sex manual with only the ‘personal conquest’ thing possibly slightly detracting from that.

Upon opening the book we find the publishers description:

Subordinate Sex outlines the new way to personal development and dynamic achievement for the future and explains how you can gain sexual rewards by amicably deferring and subordinating yourself to those whom you desire and who wish to dominate you.

Actually that’s not exactly what the book’s about, (It’s all rewards and not just sexual) but it’s near enough, and if it was just saying that then it would simply be a unisex version of controversial book The Surrendered Wife by Laura Doyle (although predating it by about twenty years) i.e. ‘the surrendered person’.

There’s more to it than that though, as I presume that The Surrendered Wife is a purely social, rather than biological account.

The next part of the inside dust cover continues:

Dr Derek Ellis, Professor of biology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, divides people into three groups: Subordinates, Dominants and Super-Subordinates. He asserts that most men and women are mid ranking Subordinates put down by condescending Dominants. But this need not be the case… [he] claims that success in your personal and working life comes not from emulating the Dominants, but from developing a strategy all of your own. He shows how by using your individual talents, opportunities and achievements to your own advantage you can infact become Super-Subordinates and thereby enjoy the pleasures of the Dominants.

Actually he divides people into even more groups than that, but the important point is the way in which people are divided up as having these traits in their inherent natures as opposed to simply acting to the situation. For instance I could divide people up between people whose favorite colour is red and those whose favorite colour is blue, but that wouldn’t necessarily say anything significant or essential about them as people. One of Ellis’s most important theories is that it’s not just that we act in a certain way but we are a certain way. This leaves the question of what happens if you try to act more dominant or are thrust into a dominant role. This is answered by referring to such a person as a “CON-DOM” in the case of someone trying to be dominant but not pulling it off and a Ritual DOM in the case of a person who is put into a position of authority. You will notice that one of the most annoying and grating things about the book is the use of “DOM” or “SUB” in capitals, like something really bizarre is being shouted out at you.

So there is an uncomfortable, porn like feeling about reading the book. It’s hardly the kind of thing you want to read on the bus – a book with “Subordinate Sex” emblazoned on it. Which is ironic, since there practically no description of what we might immediately imagine “Subordinate Sex” to be, contained anywhere within the book.

An Evolutionary Prescription

There are many evolutionary psychology books and many that make ethical prescriptions. Only Subordinate Sex makes prescriptions based on our animal natures rather than social myth. Here a crucial departure takes place – advice on how to be a good animal. In many ways this is obvious, but it is also extremely unusual.

I’m going to leave it here for today. I’ll be back soon with some more scans from the book and more analysis.

Please leave any comments. I want to find out what you think.

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Oh and do you know what the best thing is?

The book has been redone and published for the internet age!

May I present Sex, Food and Rank by Derek Ellis:

http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Food-Rank-Humans-Animals/dp/1770673997