It has been observed in wild chimpanzees that males chimps returning from a hunt will be greeted by the females back home who offer sex in exchange for meat. Ok, did I make that up? No, I didn’t, but it seems inconclusive depending on if you want to go with New Scientist or National Geographic. So looks like there’s some evidence to this idea. Meat for sex. That’s dating in a nutshell, right fellas? That was a cheap joke, guys.. not like that steak dinner! *BOOM* I’ll be here all week, folks.
I wonder if early humans behaved in this way, where the men would go off and hunt and bring the meat back to holler at some ladies. So then, that’s a lot of pressure on a guy to get some good meat. The difficulty in bringing down prey, butchering it in the wild, fending off predator, and hauling the carcass all the way back to camp was probably made easier with cooperation. I could see a bunch of cavebros figuring out that working with a team makes for bigger prey, better security, and more manpower to carry it back. So you really had to fit in. If you were a weirdo and into flowers or something, you probably would not be quickly accepted into the hunting party. Maybe the pressures of survival left little room for novelty and individuality. That could be why human technology seems to have advanced at a fairly slow pace until the Industrial Revolution allowed for the mass production and distribution of food. Once people began eating enough, at least in the developed nations, there was room for invention and novelty.
In the context of caveman hunting parties and meat culture, their probably was little innovation in meat eating for a long time. It is hypothesized that early hominids began to source their meat from the freshly killed prey of larger carnivores. If you and a group of bros were walking out and saw a single lion munching on a buffalo, you might decide to gather a bunch of rocks and steal some meat from the lion, hoping to whatever pantheistic notion of divinity in your primitive brain that the lion doesn’t decide that you and your bros are also meat. You throw a bunch of rocks at the lion, the lions runs away, you run down and grab as much meat as you can and run off. Not much room for sophistication. Eventually, people probably started using tools to help them out. Perhaps a cavewoman figured out how to flake a stone into a cutting tool in order to chop her tubers or some such activity and her beau comes in complaining about his tough day in the savannah. Lions all over me, the bros are always bitching about not being able to get away with enough meat… and she responds by chucking him the stone knife and telling him to man up and go back out there and get some fucking meat.
Then one day he comes to her grumbling like a baby about how he dropped his meat into the fire.
"I just caught this buffalo and used your sharp rock and now it’s all dirty and burnt," he might say to her. She takes the stone knife and slices off the dirty bits. Then she tries a slice for herself. She asks,
"Who have you told about this? We have to let everybody know about this."
Because it’s fucking delicious. I’d like to think that people were interested in the common good and once they found out about something good, they’d want to share it. I can also imagine the cavewoman being stingy and deciding to hoard the secret for herself. Or maybe the caveman kills her to keep the secret for himself and then he uses his secret powers of meat cooking to bang more cave chicks, but then would he have to kill them too, to keep the secret? Where would he hide their bodies? Would he have to cook them and eat them as well? That got dark real fast. I think cooperation was more likely.
Meat cooked in fire is way better tasting than raw meat, but back then, you’d be the weirdo for wanting to cook your meat. “Nobody’s does that.” People say this all the time as if it’s a reason not to do anything. Yes, if you said,
"Hey, I’d like to try to eat these rocks."
"Nobody does that."
Would be the right response, but most of the time, this expression is used to stifle innovation and creativity. It’s about conformity. Making sure everybody does what they’re supposed to do in an orderly manner, that’s the essence of social control. It’s through the conflict between order and chaos, the known and unknown, and other such opposite things that innovation and novelty arise from.
Well, this was kind of a long-winded ramble. You can’t win ‘em all, folks. The point I think I’m making here is try something new, it might blow your mind or something might get blown depending on how you roll.