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Old 02-21-2007, 08:20 AM   #16
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Don't know if anyone has mentioned this yet, but psychologists have noted that feelings of "incest" are generally only developed amongst those family members that you grew up with. That's why you can have those long-lost separated siblings who fall in love, and why you have people like me who want to vomit when people talk about getting it on with the Olsen twins, since I pretty much watched them grow up on "Full House."
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Old 02-21-2007, 08:23 AM   #17
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The couple featured in the story (the half brother and sister) said it's incest.
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:26 AM   #18
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How weird. What a world.
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Old 02-23-2007, 12:18 AM   #19
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Genetic sexual selection should be for an unlike - different immunities and variations for offspring; identical matches are deleterious.
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Did anyone watch this? It sounds fascinating.
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Old 02-24-2007, 08:46 AM   #21
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Looks like I'm the only weirdo who did

I looked on abcnews.com for you or anyone else who wanted to see the video, you have to be a paid subscriber on there to see it.
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I'm such a neglectful TV watcher. Bad Bonossaint. Of course,
maybe Boston Legal will turn it into a case. At which point.....
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^ Too late, House already did, earlier this season.
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Too late again.
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Old 02-24-2007, 06:37 PM   #25
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Originally posted by CTU2fan
^ Too late, House already did, earlier this season.
I was gonna say that

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"I apologize to everybody out there that's a nonsibling couple, but you will never have what we have…ever, ever, ever," says Rachel. "It just simply cannot exist outside of what we have."
that's...a little creepy. she makes it sound like their relationship is somehow better than everyone else's, implying that it's better to hook up with your sibling.

of course they didn't grow up knowing each other, so in that sense they're not siblings. but they knew they were related when they met. so it's strange.

Headache made a good point, often we look for things (or end up finding things) that remind us of ourselves or family members in our lovers, though usually it's more personality traits and not so much physical appearence.

I don't know, like MrsS says, the real question is, what would be the biological purpose of this, if it is indeed genetic?
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ew...that quote is so sensationalist and creepy indeed.

A_Wanderer has it right...scientists believe and have demonstrated, albeit in round-a-bout ways, that we tend to find people with different--but not *too* different--immune systems specifically attractive and appealing. That is selectively adaptive; you'll get the best off-spring, in terms of biological fitness. Given that quote from the chick in this couple, it seems it might be "really really really great, only something the rest of us could hope for in our wildest dreams, what they have", for those of us who also have clinical-level narcissistic personalities lol!

Some recent research that I found a little dubiously done but it makes sense holds that the incest taboo really only comes from growing up together. They specifically found that you'll say it grosser to kiss your sister if you actually grew up with her, or some such bit of finding.
There might be something sweat-related to Rachel's intense attraction though too...scientists have done some work with having women smell guy's sweaty t-shirts (some scientists have all the fun) and apparently women like guys who smell like their fathers, but not too much like their father. I guess your half-brother might well qualify! I don't know if those sweaty-shirt researchers tested brother sweat but maybe that should be their next project. Write them the grant money, pronto!

cheers all...
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