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Can you give us a link to that "Westerfeld effect"? Sorry, Google hasn't heard of it.

And can you assure us there is an identified brain mechanism that functions in that way?

As to exogamy: how, without endogamy including at least first-cousin marriages, did we get to be here?

Given that each individual has two parents, they in their turn two each, and so on in a geometric progression: in 30 or so generations back (Middle Ages), the ancestors of each of us would number more than the entire world population at the time. So it cannot be assumed that there is an exogamous geometric progression. We are necessarily the descendents of far more endogamous unions, in number and in closeness of degree, than we would generally like to admit.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:54:21 AM EST
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