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Old 09-24-2012, 08:06 AM
Ludovic Ludovic is offline
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Originally Posted by njtt View Post
The Westermarck Effect is rather different from the incest taboo, though. The former is about people raised together (regardless of kinship) not wanting to have sex with each other. The latter is about third parties, or a society as a whole, disapproving when closely related people (regardless of whether they were raised together) do have sex.
I don't think it's rather different. It seems clear to me that the incest taboo most likely arose from a moralization of the Westermarck Effect (i.e. "I would never want to mate with my sister, that's gross! No one else should, either!")