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First use of computer simulations to explain cultural anthropology

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  • First-of-its-kind study combines computer simulations and cultural anthropology in an attempt to explain how universal social structures are created.
  • While the simulation is still basic, it already provided insights into how incest taboo develops—it comes from a desire to have spouses that are different from us.
  • The team will continue working on the simulation, and it might be especially useful for anthropologists to explain what they observe in real communities.

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