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Darwin-L Message Log 8:39 (April 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<8:39>From coon@CVAX.IPFW.INDIANA.EDU  Thu Apr 14 08:42:36 1994

Date: Thu, 14 Apr 1994 08:42:54 EST
From: coon@CVAX.IPFW.INDIANA.EDU
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: sexual selection

At the risk of offending my anthropologist friends, I have argued that
the Yanomamo of South America practice sexual selection for violent and
aggressive behavior.  Its been some time since I looked at the material
but I recall that they were highly inbred compared to most peoples. Cross
cousin is the preferred marriage pattern but when a cousin is not available
they reclassify another close female relative as a fictive cousin.  Close
in this case can mean sister, aunt or even mother.  The more violent, i.e.
successful warrior, you are, the more wives you get.  Women compare head
scars inflicted by wifebeating husbands, the more scars you have, the
more he loves you.
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Roger (Brad) Coon            "Better to have one
COON@IPFWCVAX.BITNET          freedom too many,
COON@CVAX.IPFW.INDIANA.EDU    than to have one
                              too few."

Politically incorrect and proud of it.
Niquimictitoc inana Bambi.
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