Tuesday, April 10, 2012
A response to Senate Bill 909: Part I: Why Incest needs to be Taboo
Historically, 4th Generation and under were Forbidden; once Earth's Populations were large enough, a Micro-Evolutionary process kicked in that is now call The Westermark Effect. This generally Solidifies in one's Epigentics (the Semi-Malleable aspect of Genetics, which surrounds the Permanent "Ladder"), and can even be transferred to the next Generation; which should also experience this Effect, itself.
Furthermore, Forensic, Cultural and Physical Anthropologists have all Observed that a part of Tribalism amongst Ethnicities of European/Caucasian/White Ancestry would extend this Healthy Practice of what is now called Eugenics, to Culling the Undesirables.
However, if that doesn't develop, it must either be because one didn't spend much time around them as a Child, an Epigenetic change occurred due to Chemical exposure (especially if in one's Formative Years), pre-existing Incest in one's Family, or any combination thereof. Sometimes, Abuse leads one to develop either Stockholm Syndrome and/or a Warped Guilt/Shame Complex; which may cause, at least temporarily, The Westermark Effect (perhaps even if said Effect was also Inherited via Epigenetics) to be over-ridden.
Qualified Geneticists Recommend extending the Taboo against Incest even later than the 4th Generation; in attempt to minimize Dysgenics which have occurred since the Ban up to and including the 4th Generation in any direction, and to prevent future developments of such.
Outside of Incest, one receives half one's DNA from each parent. With Incest, the levels might get knocked out of whack, and there are other Complications that may arise whether that one happens or not. No Siblings receive the same fifty percent per parent, even (almost-)Identical Twins (there is always some difference, otherwise they would be a Clone), but it still comes from the same Gene Pool.
Assuming one does not have irregular percentages, which occurs via being Inbred, since Normal Procreation produces an Offspring with half its Mother's DNA and half its Father's DNA, one would have the following via one's Parents: 25% of each Grandparent, 12.5% of each Great Grandparent, and so on and so forth.
Considering that everyone shares at least 98% of their DNA with monkeys (some populations are as high as 99%!) - the thousands of Genes differing between even Distant Cousins is nothing to be laughed at!