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Old Yesterday, 11:04 AM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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Decades ago in college I did research on the origins of the incest taboo. While there were a few exceptions to this taboo, this taboo is prevalent in most cultures for 1000's of years. What exactly was taboo varied a bit. The wide spread taboo, across time and cultures, suggests it's a biological "instinct" that is expressed and learned and reinforced via culture.
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No gender differences that I recall. It was a universal taboo for both sexes.
Well, perhaps the devil is in the details. I personally don't think there's very much instinct involved and am not sure even how nature would ensure that you would even know who your siblings and cousins were at puberty.
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Old Yesterday, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Well, perhaps the devil is in the details. I personally don't think there's very much instinct involved and am not sure even how nature would ensure that you would even know who your siblings and cousins were at puberty.
The Westermarck Effect acts to limit incest by reverse sexual imprinting. It doesn't matter if you are related, but if you live in close contact with anyone, child or adult, from early childhood you will be averse to having sex with them.
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Old Today, 03:04 AM
 
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The Westermarck Effect acts to limit incest by reverse sexual imprinting. It doesn't matter if you are related, but if you live in close contact with anyone, child or adult, from early childhood you will be averse to having sex with them.
The only problem with that hypothesis is that it isn't valid.
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Old Today, 11:48 AM
 
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The only problem with that hypothesis is that it isn't valid.
There will always be statistical outliers. If you are sexually attracted to childhood playmates or caregivers, that does not invalidate the effect.
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