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Old 07-15-2018, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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This documentary just came out in our area and I knew a little about it b/c of the recent news coverage, however, I had never heard of this before.

I was a young working adult in 1980 but never heard of it. I guess working 3 jobs keep you kind of busy and I missed a lot.

The story did really need to be told but I'd like some comments from those who remember this in more detail (lived in NY during that time?)
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Old 07-15-2018, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile No one has seen this?

I found it disturbing, really sad.

Would like to hear the other side.
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Old 07-16-2018, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I found it disturbing, really sad.

Would like to hear the other side.
In the 40s, 50s, and early 60s, child psychologists thought that very young infants were essentially 'blank slates" as anything that happened to them during that period of life left no lasting conscious memories. Given that belief, plus the reality that multiple children ARE harder to place than singletons, why not separate any identical infants put up for adoption, place them in homes with differing characteristics, and follow their development? It was a golden opportunity to investigate how much of what we become as adults is due to nature and how much is due to nurture - and since the babies would not remember their siblings, no lasting harm was being done (in the eyes of the researchers of the time).

Of course we know now that very young children ARE affected, sometimes quite strongly, by what happens to them prior to their development of conscious memory, and such an experiment would never be approved today.

As for why the study was never published - the date of release for the files (2066) suggests to me that the researchers' intent was to hold back the data until all the children in the study had died, thus avoiding the issue of potential harm that may come from revealing to an adult that he/she has an identical sibling that he/she had never met. Frankly, I'm not sure what the best approach is for handling the study data at this point (though I'd be inclined to release it).
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Old 07-16-2018, 09:42 AM
 
Location: not where you are
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Sounds quite, sad, disturbing and fascinating, I'd like to watch this documentary.
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Old 07-16-2018, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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20/20 did an hour special on this about 6 months ago.
It was infuriating and I was so depressed after that hour.
Just incredibly bizarre and inhumane.
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Old 07-16-2018, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Sounds quite, sad, disturbing and fascinating, I'd like to watch this documentary.
It's definitely a fascinating documentary. Do make a point of catching it if it comes to your area!
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Old 07-17-2018, 04:59 PM
 
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I used to pass by the Triplets Roumanian Steakhouse all the time and had no idea whatsoever that there was such a story behind it. I haven't seen the movie, but I read a review of it and it seemed quite sad to me, too. If you think I heard anything while their lives were going on, I didn't, not a peep. The first I knew of this story was reading that movie review. It kind of makes my hair stand on end that experiments like this were allowed here in the US.

Likewise, my mother saw an episode of Hoarders and knew of the family because long before I was born my grandfather worked as a doorman (which was a union job then) in a chi chi building on the upper east side and the parents of the guy on Hoarders lived there and were well known and very well-to-do. So my mother was very shocked to see their son on Hoarders being evicted for living like that.
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:04 AM
 
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Something I just realized about those guys...they were in the movie desperately seeking susan.
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:27 AM
 
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The documentary is about those three triplets in Desperately Seeking Susan?
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:28 AM
 
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The documentary is about those three triplets in Desperately Seeking Susan?
It is.
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