Nancy Segal Author Event
Author of Accidental Brothers
Thursday, April 26th at 7pm
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Accidental Brothers tells the unique story of two sets of identical Colombian twin brothers who discovered at age 25 that they were mistakenly raised as fraternal twins, when they were not even biological brothers. Due to an oversight that presumably occurred in the hospital nursery, one twin in each pair was switched with a twin in the other pair. The result was two sets of unrelated “fraternal” twins, Jorge and Carlos, who were raised in the lively city of Bogotá; and William and Wilber, who were raised in the remote rural village of La Paz, 150 miles away. Their parents and siblings were aware of the enormous physical and behavioral differences between the members of each set, but never doubted that the two belonged in their biological families.
Everyone’s life unraveled when one of the twins, William, was mistaken by a young woman for his real identical twin, Jorge. Her “discovery” led to the truth, that the alleged twins were not twins at all, but rather unrelated individuals who ended up with the wrong families.
Blending great science and human interest, Accidental Brothers will inform and entertain anyone interested in how twin studies illuminate the origins of human behavior, as well as mother-infant identification and the chance events that can have profound consequences on our lives.
Dr. Segal is currently Professor of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and Director of the Twin Studies Center which she founded in 1991. She has written several new books about twins: Twin Mythconceptions: False Beliefs, Fables, and Facts About Twins(San Diego: Elsevier, April 2017) and the second is Accidental Brothers: The Story of Twins Exchanged at Birth and the Power of Nature and Nurture (NY: St. Martin’s Press, to be released in April 2018). She is also is the author of the award-winning Born Together-Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012), as well as Someone Else’s Twin: The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2011), Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005) and Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior (NY: Dutton, 1999, NY: Plume 2000), and is the senior editor of Uniting Psychology and Biology: Integrative Perspectives on Human Development (Washington, D.C.: APA Press, 1997).
"A unique window into human behavior and development." --Steven Pinker
The riveting story of two sets of identical twins separated at birth and improbably reunited as adults, a dream case for exploring nature and nurture.