virus: Mother-Daughter Dating

Reed Konsler (
Fri, 14 Feb 1997 10:22:54 -0500

Zamboni wrote:
>The assumption I balk at is this: the starting level of a
>based dating method is ALWAYS 100% mother, 0% daughter.

Richard wrote:
>I agree this is true in most cases. However, there have been
>well-documented cases in which experimenters have dated the DAUGHTER
>first, only to progress to dating the mother some months later. These
>cases, however, almost always involve some intentionality on the part of
>the mother and so may perhaps be discounted.

Sad to say this is yet another example of antiquated cutural practices standing
in the way of the advancement of science. In order to be completely rigourous
it would be necessary for the researchers to engage in double-blind dating
with a randomized sample of mothers and daughters. I've heard of some
attempts to reduce this to practice, but not in any repudable publications.


Reed Konsler