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Jodo Kast Mar 2, 2015

Yes, that is my type of thing. There's so much "talking" between the brain and the other organs, through nerves (mainly the vagus), that it might be worth it to just make a synthetic nervous system. That's the first problem that comes to mind (other than the obvious immune system rejection).

Aran Mar 14, 2015

That's quite interesting.  I heard someone talking about that on the radio. I kinda face-palmed when he said "Will the soul go with it?" or something to that effect.

Foregen is working on foreskin regeneration (which may end up being a penis transplant). Circumcision really sucks. Penile G spot removal? Americans have been duped big time.

But yeah, putting your head on another body....what a concept. That would be great for those with severe injuries, or maybe even defects. Actually, come to think of it, it would be good for transsexuals, too.

Jodo Kast Mar 14, 2015

I've thought more about this head transplant thing and it reminds me of a quote I once read about Dyson Spheres: "If you can build one, then you don't need it."

Ultimately, I have to view transplanting heads as so advanced that if you can do it, then you don't need to do it.

avatar! Mar 15, 2015

Jodo Kast wrote:

I've thought more about this head transplant thing and it reminds me of a quote I once read about Dyson Spheres: "If you can build one, then you don't need it."

Ultimately, I have to view transplanting heads as so advanced that if you can do it, then you don't need to do it.

I don't think that's true. We can build artificial hearts, something that was science fiction not too long ago. Does this mean we don't need to?

Jodo Kast Mar 15, 2015

avatar! wrote:

I don't think that's true. We can build artificial hearts, something that was science fiction not too long ago. Does this mean we don't need to?

It's not like that. Since an artificial heart is the only option in some cases, then it's necessary. A head transplant, though, is so advanced that if we can do it, then we can do other things. Like just replace the body, piece by piece. Or grow a new head.

If a head transplant is the only possible option that can save someone's life, then we're in a technological situation that doesn't make sense. And when I use "head transplant", I'm using it in the sense that there will be no rejection and the patient will live a full life with no possible chance of dying early from complications related to the procedure. That's a head transplant, not this experimental crap where rejections and death are possible.

avatar! Mar 15, 2015 (edited Mar 15, 2015)

Jodo Kast wrote:
avatar! wrote:

I don't think that's true. We can build artificial hearts, something that was science fiction not too long ago. Does this mean we don't need to?

It's not like that. Since an artificial heart is the only option in some cases, then it's necessary. A head transplant, though, is so advanced that if we can do it, then we can do other things. Like just replace the body, piece by piece. Or grow a new head.

You're making serious assumptions there! People also assumed that when we got to the Moon, we would quickly colonize it. Got to the Moon in 1969, and people were sure that by the year 2000 (if not sooner) people would be living on the Moon in colonies. Always a bad idea to assume too much.

Jodo Kast Mar 15, 2015

I can make lazy assumptions, but those aren't as fun. In fact, I just can't find the energy to make them.

avatar! Aug 30, 2016

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russian-man … ransplant/

"Italian neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero made headlines last year when he announced his plans to perform the first human head transplant in 2017. Since then, he’s recruited Chinese surgeon Dr. Xiaoping Ren to work with him, and now has found a volunteer patient for the procedure: a Russian man named Valery Spiridonov."

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