Biosemiotic paradigm

In essence the Sexual and Social Intelligence Hypothesis states that sexual behaviour stipulates evolution in general. Therefore Sexual selection, the female choice for a sexual partner, is crucial. Perhaps her genes dictate the female choice, but Biosemiotic theory declines this line of inquiry. In Biosemiotic theory it’s all about signs and meaning. Meaning comes before behaviour. The biosemiotic paradigm learns that perceived signs generate focus of attention to the Umwelt (environment) and transform to meaning followed by behaviour in any organism that has a brain -how small it may be.

In highly intelligent mammals like monkeys, apes and humans the neurobiological ability to give meaning underlays choice, will, but especially a neurological representation of Yes or No; go or nog go, do or don’t. Therefore behaviour follows meaning. Sexual selection is about the representation of Yes or No of a specific male in the female brain. Jesper Hoffmeyer in 1993 wrote about the significance of No in human evolution in ‘Signs of meaning in the universe’.

The Sexual and Social Intelligence Hypothesis states that the female choice, the female neurological representation of Yes or No representing a certain male, is based on protecting female self-interests. These self-interests are her physical, psychological, intellectual and cognitive integrity.

In case of making love, like humans do face to face and belly up, protecting these integrities are essential for female survival.  Females are up against physical and psychological dangers, because they make love with a much stronger male partner. According to SSIH female selection criteria concern assessments of the male’s trustworthiness, reliability, loyalty and foremost the assessment that the male that will not hurt or wound the female. Besides the male has to provide the female a sexual climax (orgasm).

These female selection criteria are at least neurobiological, but likely and plausibly biosemiotical and neuropsychological. The Sexual and Social Intelligence Hypothesis connects the behaviour pattern ‘making love’ to the anatomical adaptations of female human sex organs and to the neuropsychological development of the human brain.

Michael Tomasello in his book ‘A natural history of human morality’ states that human evolution has started with ‘joint intentionality’. The SSIH presents an evolutionary sexual and social starting point for the origin of human joint intentionality.