BC’s Hogan twins, featured in the documentary Inseparable, are unique in the world. Joined at the head, their brains are connected by a thalamic bridge which gives them neurological capabilities that researchers are only now beginning to understand. Still, they are like other Canadian eleven-year-olds; they attend school, have a favourite pet and are part of a large, loving family determined to live each day to the fullest.
Krista and Tatiana Hogan share the senses of touch and taste and even control one another’s limbs. Tatiana can see out of both of Krista’s eyes, while Krista can only see out of one of Tatiana’s.
Tatiana controls three arms and a leg, while Krista controls three legs and an arm. They can also switch to self-control of their limbs.
But their personalities are not conjoined; indeed, they are typical for twins:
The girls have very different personalities. Tatiana is outgoing, talkative and high strung while Krista is quieter, more relaxed and loves to tell jokes. More.
Well, these Vernon, British Columbia (Canada) twins (b. 2006) seem to argue against the latest-craze theories of consciousness that parade through the elegant essays in online science magazines.
Also: “During one of our many conversations, Felicia Hogan said: “I don’t think anybody’s really going to understand a mother’s feelings when they find out that the children they’re carrying may not ever survive. I think that’s a very unique feeling and it’s really hard to explain the emotional rollercoaster you go through.” Ironically, despite knowing that she was carrying craniopagus twins, Felicia still had a feeling that everything would be ok.” – Judith Pyke
Sobering thought: Had the girls been aborted or left to die, we would never know what they can help us understand about how the human mind really works. We’d be stuck with the elegant essays fronting naturalism.
Note: Episode available in Canada only.
See also: Can information theory help us understand consciousness?
Post-modern science: The illusion of consciousness sees through itself
Nature, as defined today, cannot be all there is. Science demonstrates that.