Re: Single cause theories

Nick Corduan (nickc@DORITE.IQUEST.NET)
Fri, 21 Apr 1995 11:23:47 -0500


> (I don't understand how I am "forcing incest into that category." Am I

Perhaps I fingered the wrong chap . . .

Whether it was you or someone-else, my response was intended for the one who
proposed that the Alliance theory (if i'm naming it properly) answered the
"question" of incest. To me that seems like someone is going out of their way
to try and come up with some possible single cause for all incestual taboos

A bit of a stretch, if you ask me. And you didn't . . . . <g>

> (Nick's next idea smacks or evolutionism:)

I'm sure they'd be pleased to hear that as I sit here typing on the same
computer at which I do my school-work for my rather fundamentlaists Christian
college <eg>.

> (If this were pushed back to the very debateable level of the origin or
> language or symbolic thought, I would take it seriously, but more as a

Perhaps I am again misunderstanding my accuser -- <g> -- but it seems to me
that you missed my point.

I was simply saying that, in keeping with the contect of the Alliance
theory's status as the solution, it could perhaps be argued that only once
cultures reached a certain economic or social level would they be effected by
the taboo.

I went on, however, to say that I feel the only way to prove such a thing
would be to trace all cultures present and past back to that econimc or
social point, and find out. I furthermore concluded that I felt that that
would not be the case, if it were possible to do such a trace.


Nick Corduan "...there is as much dignity in tilling
at a field as in writing a poem."
( --Booker T. Washington