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Is a human head transplant possible ?


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#1    Saru

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:43 AM

A prominent neurosurgeon believes that transplanting a human head is now actually a viable procedure.

Telegraph said:

Dr Sergio Canavero believes that the technology now exists that will allow surgeons to carry out the Frankenstein-style procedure, which has been tested out on animals since 1970.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:09 AM

Weird and freaky, but even if eventually possible, I wonder if the brain wont naturally deteriorate anyway, like eyesight does once you're over 40...a lot of old people have serious memory issues, dementia etc, perhaps the brain, irrespective of what body it runs, only has so long to work too?


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:21 AM

I want my new young head please but keep my brain though! and how much? lol


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 11:55 AM

Oh goodie so I can try out a new head?

Oh wait ...

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 11:56 AM

Doesn't really touch upon things such as the donor body rejecting the new head (or vice versa????). Also doesn't mention if the donor body must still be alive for this to work? Which would bring on another whole set of problems (laws, ethics, etc).

And lastly, what about the psychological after effects of such a procedure on a human if such an operation were to work? Can't imagine this will ever go forward on humans. Nor should it IMO.
No surprise he is having trouble getting funding.

Edited by 232, 02 July 2013 - 11:56 AM.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 12:35 PM

How about all the poor animals this has been tried out on.
I would think there is someone somewhere doing these type of experiments on humans.
Imagine the horrible things that are being done.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 01:28 PM

Nice way to put the fact that we are talking about a body transplant... not really a head transplant.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 02:10 PM

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?

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 04:40 PM

I could see some good coming out of fixing a damaged spinal cord, but putting a head on a body.  I think I'll pass.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 04:59 PM

This could cure the world's butterface epidemic. :whistle:

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 05:03 PM

I wonder how big the scar would be...... :su

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 05:51 PM

Hope too many don't lose their heads after reading this story..

Heads will roll if someone is allowed to legally try this..

ok I'm done lol


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 06:35 PM

Right. This is more of a "body transplant" than a head transplant.

I think the term "head transplant" is often(and inappropriately) used just because the severed head is moved to the new body right next to it, as opposed to the new body being moved to the head.

Also, since the "human identity" is presumed to reside wholly in the "head", by definition it's a body transplant I would think.

However, there are those whom consider "Chakras" to be an integral part of the human, of which 4-5 of the 7 chakras are considered to be below the human head.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 06:57 PM

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Dr Sergio Canavero believes that the technology now exists that will allow surgeons to carry out the Frankenstein-style procedure, which has been tested out on animals since 1970.
In 1970 Robert White successfully transplanted the head of a rhesus monkey onto the body of a second rhesus, and Dr Canavero, a member of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, has proposed using a similar method.

Really? If this has been going on since the 70`s, why are we not discussing arrests being made instead? How many Frankenstein backstreet labs are there out there?
Maybe police should have a look at some of these places, just to see if they can account for any of the thousands of "missing" persons on the books.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:42 PM

View Post232, on 02 July 2013 - 11:56 AM, said:

Doesn't really touch upon things such as the donor body rejecting the new head (or vice versa????). Also doesn't mention if the donor body must still be alive for this to work? Which would bring on another whole set of problems (laws, ethics, etc).

And lastly, what about the psychological after effects of such a procedure on a human if such an operation were to work? Can't imagine this will ever go forward on humans. Nor should it IMO.
No surprise he is having trouble getting funding.
While I agree with the ethics dilemma.  However, wouldn't this be a way to help completely paralyzed people?  You could use death row inmates that have confessed or there is no doubt they were guilty and give the body a new use.  In this case, wouldn't the DNA for reproductive purposes still be that of the donor?





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