Incest taboos

Robert C. Craighurst (rcc6p@uvacs.cs.Virginia.EDU)
Mon, 24 Apr 1995 19:27:25 GMT


I apologize if this has already been discussed. I'm in computer
science studying a field called genetic algorithms. I've incorporated
the notion of incest into my computer programs.

My question is this.

How universal is the notion of prohibiting incest (by any
recognizable definition)? For example, do ALL human cultures prohibit
incest in some way? Are there ANY that don't care. If so, how rare are they
(roughly)? Any references in the literature?

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-- Rob

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