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week 3

Susan Dominus week 3

The article by Susan Dominus “Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?” introduces the idea of conjoined twins to the regular person. For most people, conjoined twins are one of those things that are so rare that one does not think of the consequences of conjoined twins on a regular basis. She explains the family’s background on the birth of the twins and their normal life over the period of her stay. The article describes the intricacies of having such a condition, and the author also shares the nuances that the family and twins go through to compensate. Much of the article is spend on the medical aspect of the condition, for it is an extremely rare condition that holds many consequences for the inflicted. While the family condones experimentation, at least the grandfather, the family continues to offer the best they can in medical support and examinations. The author describes the life of the twins during her five day stay with the family; many of her words are spent on the twin’s ability to share their senses. The two girls are able to more or less share senses due to a thalamic bridge between their brains at the conjoining area.

The article is one of those few that serve to connect us; it gives us something to empathize about in our daily normal lives. This article in particular is driven by its unusual content and the interest it has on us as humans. It diverts us from the busy and common nuances of daily life and offers a sort of different dream we can enter for a brief lapse of time. As show to the uniqueness of the article’s content, it is probably more than likely that not a single person was thinking of the phrase conjoined twins their entire time at Stony Brook until now. The interest expressed by Dominus is explained and showed in a fair manner with little bias. She does not give her own opinions on the condition, writing the twin’s conditions with little headway for argument.

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  1. Nice response. “As show to the uniqueness of the article’s content, it is probably more than likely that not a single person was thinking of the phrase conjoined twins their entire time at Stony Brook until now.” Yes, I imagine you are probably correct. And it’s worth thinking, then, more generally about how the girls are seen/perceived/evaluated by a readers/viewers who are going about their “daily normal lives.” Can you think more about your claim that the story of the girls is a diversion? I guess I am not sure of your use of the word “divert,” which suggests an escape or relaxation from something stressful or difficult. How could you further develop this observation to consider how the girls offer a challenge or counterpoint to our own “normal” lives? And why would Dominus want us to reconsider our own normalcy?

    Posted by klucenko | February 9, 2012, 4:41 am

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