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    Question Couples Who Are Third or Fourth Cousins Have More Kids

    Couples Who Are Third or Fourth Cousins Have More Kids, Grandkids Than Other Couples

    "Couples who are third or fourth cousins tend to have more kids and grandkids than other couples. And though considered somewhat of a cultural taboo, mating between "kissing cousins" makes good biological sense, say scientists.

    The findings, which come from a recent study of Icelanders, shed light on how relatedness affects reproduction and ultimately the size of families...."

    Continue reading;http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,330006,00.html

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    Just because you can breed doesn't mean you should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mischak View Post
    Just because you can breed doesn't mean you should.
    : How does this relate to the article?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaveEurope View Post
    : How does this relate to the article?
    Because I don't think related people should have children together, whether it be their 1st cousin or 3rd. It's taboo because it's weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mischak View Post
    Because I don't think related people should have children together, whether it be their 1st cousin or 3rd. It's taboo because it's weird.
    From what I've read, the offspring of 1st cousins have about the same risk as the offspring of a woman over 40. Beyond that degree of consanguinity, there are no increased risks, as the genetic relatedness drops off precipitously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaveEurope View Post
    From what I've read, the offspring of 1st cousins have about the same risk as the offspring of a woman over 40. Beyond that degree of consanguinity, there are no increased risks, as the genetic relatedness drops off precipitously.
    It's taboo because it's weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mischak View Post
    It's taboo because it's weird.
    I don't think he understood you the first or second time.

    I agree, though, you shouldn't "do it" like that.
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    I've read that christianity outlawed marriage between seventh cousins (sharing great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents), only to make it hard for people to find someone to mate with, so that what they owned would be inherited by the church instead of by offspring — and, I'm thinking, likely to weaken families and strengthen its own authority. This is probably why it's taboo and "weird" — it's another of all pointless taboos introduced by the conversion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mischak
    It's taboo because it's weird.
    What's "weird" about it? I can understand why someone might feel a bit uncomfortable about the idea of a first cousin marriage, but third cousin marriage is weird?!

    I mean, how distant does it have to be?

    The idea of it being "weird" is just another of those silly notions that's popped up relatively recently, along with all those other liberal dogmas.

    I suspect it's actually related to the rise of multiculturalism and the philosophy of the world being merged into one people, eliminating ethnicities and other divisions. This philosophy promotes the idea that the more distantly related a couple is, the better.

    As far as I'm aware, second or third cousin marriages have never been regarded as weird until the later twentieth century, and even then only in the Western world.

    Bear in mind too that if a third or fourth cousin is related to you by some largely maternal line, the relation could be pretty hard to trace (due to lack of the appropriate surname in the later generations); a couple mightn't even know about it.
    In my case, there are probably hundreds of younger people in my district who are my third or fourth cousins; I would know only a minority to be relatives by their surname.

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    Well I guess it makes sense since they are related good enough to know eachother well but not enough to create crippled offspring so this is totally okay for me. Because they know eachother well, they usually have a better relationship with their new son/daughter in law and their familymembers hence the family sticks together better.
    I do not have moral objections to it since it was done in iceland, where, especially outside the capital, there are not many people to breed with and therefore no other chance for them. However, I would find it slightly weird in a rather densely populated area.
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