Thought Fusion

The folder you find here appears to contain two separate cutouts. While the extracts are undated, they are respectively signed from Fyki Spirits and The Merinian Household.  
The fact that thought fusion is classified as a dangerous illness is, in my opinion, more symptomatic of the point at which our modern views of mental sanity are city-centric and broken than perhaps any other thing.   You know, even though I am not a biologist nor a sociologist, part of being an expeditionary cartographer means I have had my fair share of encounters. I have met isolated tribes whom I was the first to meet in centuries, I have met nomads so individuals they had not been seen by others in a decade, I have met tiny villages with highly paranormal behaviors... And I have met quite a lot of fused minds. If there's one think I know for sure, it is that none of them were dangerous, contagious, or any other toxic word city folks think of them. They just are. They don't deserve treatment, and certainly not this sort of treatment
Fyki Spirits, excerpt from an interview
 

Thought Fusion: Danger to the good society or oppressed divergence?

  As most Merinians probably noted, last doze was agitated by fairly heated debates following the tragedy of Chinny Gulbell, who died at the age of 5 following the attempts to separate her consciousness from her mother. The barbaric nature of the treatment as well as its unforeseen consequences shocked more than one person.   However, we here in the Merinian Household think a healthy debates must not rest on emotions alone, and requires some decent information on the subject.   To begin with, for those among our readers who are least educated on the subject, the condition called Thought Fusion is one that typically isolated people. It is known to mostly happen in nomadic environment or isolated farms, but some cases such as the recent one have been reported in large cities. Because of the presence of the Library, Merinos seems to be more affected than other metropolises by such paranormal illness.   Thought fusion typically affects a small group of people, usually two and rarely more than five. The major symptoms are, well, the loss of the members' sense of self in favour of a sense of unity. Over time, non-verbal communication increases between the affected, to the point where they may seem to entirely stop talking from an outside point of view. The affected will often seek contact with their partners. In the later stages, they can directly feel the other's sensations, or see through their eyes. The conscious experiences of all members are entirely homogeneized.   [...]   In some regards, one could describe the phenomenon as a "fusional relationship" taken too literally.   [...]   In sedentary environments, thought fusion is often feared, and at the center of numerous superstitions. Some believe it is a contagious illness, and that affected can forcibly fuse others' minds to their own. This isn't true. A fusion between minds is always the consequence of continuous consent between all members, and can be stopped or withdrawn. In addition, it is an affections that concerns people in already close relationships: never has a total stranger's mind fused with others. Finally, it is a terminal situation. A complete fusion behaves so differently from the rest of society, and is so turned toward itself, that it rarely can form new relationships. Even less so fuse with new people.   Similarly, people believe a complete fusion is dangerous to a society of single minds. It is thought that a fusion, being greater and more intelligent than single minds, could easily manipulate and control them. While it is impossible to say that such an assomption is false, it certainly hasn't been proven to be true. There is no record of fused minds being part of the highest aristocracy of cities, or at the head of large companies. Besides, it is well-known that fused minds are often weaker, more fragile in urban environment. Their consciousness depends too much on direct mental communication for them to thrive in the high chaos of the city.   Now, what is the Household's view regarding the treatment of that condition? Well, it is complicated.
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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
17 Jul, 2021 11:39

That doesn't sounds like a bad condition :( Those are stupid people to try to forcefully separate them! I like the idea of people being smarter when fused with someone else because they have access to 2 brains XD

To see what I am up to, see the list of my Summer Camp articles—my favourite is Sentient Cells.
8 Aug, 2021 19:52

This is a really interesting condition. I definitely think you've nailed the ambiguity of whether it is a bad thing or not.

12 Aug, 2021 07:50

Thank you! I'm glad it seems ambiguous enough.

With love,   Pouaseuille.   Here's my Bard entry, should anyone be interested in a mess of investigation reports!