Birth Control by Inbreeding:
Bear in mind that this blog is about research, not advice.  I recently looked at some data put together by Robin Fox of Rutgers University.  He was looking at cousin marriages.  I was frankly astonished at how frequent they have been historically.  He suggests that 80% of marriages historically have been between second cousins or closer.

According to the Iceland study data, that should have produced a degree of inbreeding depression in the second generation.  Well, that’s hardly a bad thing, is it?  I mean populations can indeed outgrow their resources.  Inbreeding to that extent would stabilize the population. 

And like a number of other methods of birth control it could readily be reversed; it would only take a little longer to do it.  If the population is getting too big, you just tighten up that gene pool a little.  If it is too small, relax it a little.  Relax it completely and you get a baby boon that is very destabilizing followed by a population crash that is even worse.  That seems to be the strategy we are now embarked on. 

The next time I get the response, “There are too many babies in the world,” I know what I am going to say: “All right.  Control them by inbreeding.”  No, I’ll have to phrase it differently.  No advice, remember?

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