Vexen Crabtree 2015

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Future of Cyborgs

http://www.humantruth.info/cyborgs.html

Vexen's page on cyborgs charts the possibility of mechanical replacement for body parts, including full head transplants and potential immortality.

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Cyborgs

(Anonymous)
So, in the distant future when everybody has these chips implanted, if they were all transmitting/receiving signals, then theres potentially a new internet to be explored, could this also make a police man/womans job a hell of a lot easier? No good trying to rob your local store if the police are there waiting for you? It could make asking someone out on a date a little easier too.

Benb

think about life and soul

(Anonymous)
think about life and soul before thinking about a head transplant as a person needs to life when a transplant is taking place + after a head transplant who is the new person, the person with the head or with the body

Re: think about life and soul

(Anonymous)
haha...of course the life and soul would be the person in the head. If no damage is done to the brain in the transplanting step than the person would have all the same thoughts, feelings, and beliefs if hes able to recover.

Re: think about life and soul

I think you are 90% correct, but there are some important complications.

(1) Firstly, and realistically, our bodies contain glands that produce many hormones and psychoactive chemicals: these can effect our personality and moods. Blood-sugar levels are tied to our organs; and their levels effect cognition. All this means that if you gave someone a perfect head-transplant, you would probably still end up with some background changes to character.

(2) Secondly, more theoretically, is the biofeedback system in general. Our brains are systems of circular neuropathways, all relying on feedback from the body. If our whole neck-down nervous system changes, it may well mean that all the stimulating feedback from our bodies stimulates the brain in a different way than with the person's original body. This might mean that they never think in the same way, again. Their habits, tastes and behaviour might all change due to the changed biofeedback from their bodies.

So...

Head transplants are definately worth continued investigation, and their benefits are exciting, perhaps sustaining healthy life by 50% (assuming a person's good mental health). But it's not quite so clear-cut that they won't result in all-round changes. This is kind of common-sense-expected, as, our bodies are heavily holistic, with changes to one part effecting another in varied direct and indirect ways. (An example: de-fleeing a monkey can drastically improve its personality, etc).

I think head-transplants are a long way off (we need to sort out tissue compatabilities, immume system responses, etc, which are hard enough with organ transplants).

Good luck to us!

bring it on

(Anonymous)
Having already too much metals and plastics holding my right arm together I fully look forward to the day I will be able to replace it with something more reliable.
MC.

wonderful

(Anonymous)
Whatever has been explained seems not much of a saying. it is bound to happen one day viewing the current pace of technological advancements.The author has wonderfully presented the information in a few and impressive words..

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