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Inseparable, or Could conjoined twins share a mind?, Susan Dominus dives much of the article with the girl’s situation as separate people with shared senses. Dominus gives specific cases where the girls’ are shown to be different entities in the world, but she also has the girls’ represented as one of the most connected existences. Dominus also pulls examples of the family’s support for the girls’ unique condition. “In the Hogan-McKay family, the fantasy of twinship, of a loving double, runs strong” and this is only supported more by the twin’s unique situation. The family supports the idea of the twin’s separate identities, but at the same time, they also acknowledge the special connection between the twins. Dominus brings in a historical definition that is contradictory to the discussion,“The average person tends to fall back on the Enlightenment notion of self—one mind, with privacy of thought and sensory experience—as a key characteristic of identity”, only to show the contradiction proven by the existence of the twins. Two separate identities and minds whom share their sensory experiences. Dominus could not be lacking anymore in her support for the girl’s unique condition that clearly contradicts the definition of identity brought upon during the period of Enlightenment.

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