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week 3

Response to “Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?”

In Susan Dominus’ article “Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?”, Dominus analyzes the phenomenon of craniopagus twins Krista and Tatiana Hogan, who are both 4 years old. She goes on to answer the question posed in the title, by telling the reader about how the twins interact with the world in a similar manner. Krista and Tatiana seem to have minds of their own and show signs of independence, but they also portray their ability of synchronized movements or speech. This leads us to question if the conjoined twins actually share minds. Dominus reports on the daily lives of the family and focuses her attention on the twins. She notes events of both independent and synchronized action. Dominus also concludes that it may be a problem as they grow up because they might develop their individual personalities slower or even not at all. Nonetheless, the parents decided to keep the twins connected because of the high risks of death and luckily the girls are both healthy. Dominus addresses the life of the girls as a challenge, because they have to go beyond their thalamus and try to create their own personality. At this point in their lives, they are both one person and individuals.

Dominus writes her article in a fair manner because she treats the girls like normal people and is open-minded towards their different actions and thoughts. She tries to make the article feel domestic towards the reader because deformities such as craniopagus might spark strong emotions. To avoid this, Dominus begins her article in a friendly manner by talking about simple and normal family routines. As the story progresses, she starts to bring up the neurological analysis on the girls and dwells deeper into the girls’ actions. She describes events in which they show one-mindedness in their daily routine. For example, Krista announced “’I have two pieces of paper,’” although each of the sisters were holding one piece. It stirred up the question “was Krista using ‘I’ to refer to bother her and her sister?” Dominus also broke up each event into a paragraph and also asked the reader questions about the neurological factors that played into the events. Overall, the article was well written and effectively structured in order to accommodate the general audience of readers.

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