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Is a human head transplant possible ?


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#16    paperdyer

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:44 PM

 Madame Eve, on 02 July 2013 - 05:03 PM, said:

I wonder how big the scar would be...... :su
Probably be a circle around the neck and down the back a bit.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:48 PM

Would this be for the benefit of the head or the body? And what happens to the other person?


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 08:16 PM

Wouldn't the doner body have to be alive for the transplant to be successful? I suppose if someone were brain dead their body could be used.

I once read a story where in some future society prisoners were used for body parts.

Edited by StarMountainKid, 02 July 2013 - 08:23 PM.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 08:22 PM

Can you imagine if the only compatible head for Sven`s body is from Mr NgMumbi?

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:40 PM

how long before its a hollywood fad to get a new body done


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:07 PM

Aren't we forgetting something?
What about the spinal cord? It's not like we have refined the process of reconnecting the nerves and all that.

Sure, we may have transplanted the heads of monkeys but all that was done was to connect blood veins, not nerves so essentially the monkey was paralyzed (assuming the experiment was real to begin with).

Each brain and its nerve mapping (my term) is unique to the body it has to control so even IF we were to reconnect the spinal cord and all the nerves, the brain would have to remap everything and basically reconfigure itself for a body with different "settings".


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:39 PM

 27vet, on 02 July 2013 - 02:10 PM, said:

Mind uploading is another interesting theory. Before your body dies, your mind is uploaded to a supercompeter. It is then installed in a new body grown from stem cells. But what if you install the same mind into two or more bodies?

It's just data duplication, unless you attach your brain to a comp and sustain your brain.

Can you imagine? Can you choose?

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:27 AM

This is weird. I seen the monkey head transplant on Dark Matters and it was freaky, albeit a dramatization. There are certain things that just should be left alone and it is by all means a body transplant.


Imagine what fears and pains that monkey was feeling. I think the only thing freakier than a human head transplant is the idea of the Human Centipede.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 01:19 AM

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"The greatest technical hurdle to such endeavour is of course the reconnection of the donor's and recipient's spinal cords,"

Both heads would have to be removed at the same time, and reconnected within an hour.

bull****

u want to reconnect circulatory system, nerve system  , trachea , etc...  all these within an hour . and here he said the greatest technical hurdle reconnect spinnal cords ?  someone lend him a glue

an average heart transplant procedure take 4 to 12 hours or longer  .

Edited by kobolds, 03 July 2013 - 01:25 AM.


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 02:18 AM

 StarMountainKid, on 02 July 2013 - 08:16 PM, said:

Wouldn't the doner body have to be alive for the transplant to be successful? I suppose if someone were brain dead their body could be used.

I once read a story where in some future society prisoners were used for body parts.

It's not a story, it's called 'China'.

http://en.wikipedia....public_of_China


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 02:24 AM

Just because something 'can' be done, it, in no way, means that it 'should' be done.


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:54 AM

Wouldnt that be a "body transplant"? Considering the human identity is in the head.
I hope someone considers the ethical and criminal implications, if this becomes a reality.


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 06:21 AM

If science is correct, your saving the person with the head.  If the bible is correct your saving the person with the body.  If I am correct you would be saving both.  I believe that your emotions live in your heart, and your expearence lives in the brain.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:50 AM

 danielost, on 03 July 2013 - 06:21 AM, said:

If science is correct, your saving the person with the head.  If the bible is correct your saving the person with the body.  If I am correct you would be saving both.  I believe that your emotions live in your heart, and your expearence lives in the brain.
People with artificial hearts have no emotion?


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:23 AM

Danielost:

So if someone is on a mechanical heart, they have no emotions?

It takes a religionist to believe nonsense like that.

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