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Old 07-31-2019, 01:25 PM
 
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I've wondered whether people are not attracted to parents and siblings (because cousin incest is actually accepted in many parts of the world and less genetically "harmful") due to mostly biological ingraining or social ones.

The Westermarck Effect would point to it being mostly cultural i.e. the people you grow up with and live with cause your brain to desensitize any sexual feelings. This might explain why adopted children of women who are very young and attractive still don't find them arousing even though there's no basis for incest repulsion.

Similarly, genetic brothers/sisters who are separated at birth in foster homes sometimes meet later and fall in love (there was a case about that).

But what do you think? Are you attracted to any family members?
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Old 07-31-2019, 01:27 PM
 
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Biological. Inbreeding will destroy the tribe.
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Old 07-31-2019, 03:20 PM
 
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Are there cross-cultural studies? What do they say?
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Old 07-31-2019, 03:23 PM
 
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Are there cross-cultural studies? What do they say?
Fourth cousins make the best mates. There's enough genetic difference for it to be safe and the cultural similarities typically weigh in your favor and the physiologies complement each other.

"Couples who are third or fourth cousins tend to have more kids and grandkids than other couples. And though considered somewhat of a cultural taboo, mating between "kissing cousins" makes good biological sense, say scientists."

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Kissing Cousins Have More Kids
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Old 07-31-2019, 04:58 PM
 
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I've wondered whether people are not attracted to parents and siblings (because cousin incest is actually accepted in many parts of the world and less genetically "harmful") due to mostly biological ingraining or social ones.

The Westermarck Effect would point to it being mostly cultural i.e. the people you grow up with and live with cause your brain to desensitize any sexual feelings. This might explain why adopted children of women who are very young and attractive still don't find them arousing even though there's no basis for incest repulsion.

Similarly, genetic brothers/sisters who are separated at birth in foster homes sometimes meet later and fall in love (there was a case about that).

But what do you think? Are you attracted to any family members?
Inbreeding may be "accepted"among cousins, but it still causes huge problems. About half of all muslims in the world are inbred, with devastating results. Studies show inbreeding leads to very high risk of birth defects, malformations, and infant mortality doubles. There are also high rates of mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia, and children of cousin marriages average 10-16 points lower IQ, along with poorly developed social abilities.
https://www.10news.one/what-are-the-...among-muslims/

I would think that there would be a biological "safety" to discourage inbreeding, since if it is done for a long enough period it will destroy the gene pool. And no, I have absolutely no attraction to any family members.
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Old Yesterday, 01:34 AM
 
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I would say it's both because obviously if it's biological it may cause also social problems in the long run.
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Old Yesterday, 05:10 AM
 
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I can't imagine being attracted to any of my brothers. I don't really have too much of a issue with such thing as long as people in that situation are consenting adults and they don't try to have children due to the massive risks. I mean it happens. It's none of my business.
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Old Yesterday, 05:15 AM
 
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I've wondered whether people are not attracted to parents and siblings (because cousin incest is actually accepted in many parts of the world and less genetically "harmful") due to mostly biological ingraining or social ones.

The Westermarck Effect would point to it being mostly cultural i.e. the people you grow up with and live with cause your brain to desensitize any sexual feelings. This might explain why adopted children of women who are very young and attractive still don't find them arousing even though there's no basis for incest repulsion.

Similarly, genetic brothers/sisters who are separated at birth in foster homes sometimes meet later and fall in love (there was a case about that).

But what do you think? Are you attracted to any family members?
I was when we were much younger.

I think it is at least 98% cultural, way overblown, way overemphasized, and I'd venture way over-acted in response to cultural expectation.
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Old Yesterday, 07:54 AM
 
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I've wondered whether people are not attracted to parents and siblings (because cousin incest is actually accepted in many parts of the world and less genetically "harmful") due to mostly biological ingraining or social ones.

The Westermarck Effect would point to it being mostly cultural i.e. the people you grow up with and live with cause your brain to desensitize any sexual feelings. This might explain why adopted children of women who are very young and attractive still don't find them arousing even though there's no basis for incest repulsion.

Similarly, genetic brothers/sisters who are separated at birth in foster homes sometimes meet later and fall in love (there was a case about that).

But what do you think? Are you attracted to any family members?

I used to have crushes on some of my cousins...for what it's worth. They were a few years older than me, so I doubt they felt the same. lol


BUT, I knew they were cousins, and "off limits" so to speak, for that reason. So, even if there WAS mutual attraction...it would've been a no-go, because we're cousins.
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Old Yesterday, 08:16 AM
 
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It's at least part (mostly ?) biological.

Look at the ancient Egyptian monarchy. A lot of them married a sibling and it caused health issues. Some of King Tut's health problems were attributed to the fact he was the product of a brother/sister marriage. https://www.ancient-origins.net/news...-003045http://

Inbreeding caused the Royal Hapsburg dynasty in Spain to die out. Inbreeding & the downfall of the Spanish Hapsburgs - Gene Expression

I've personally never been attracted to a relative.
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