Crap Science Update: Head Transplants

This article makes the uncredible claim:

Cryogenically frozen brains will be ‘woken up’ and transplanted in donor bodies within three years, claims surgeon

My criticism with this is, first do it, then get credit for doing it.  Until then, you are just attention whoring.

Hundreds of people who are dying or paralysed have had their bodies or brains cryogenically preserved in the hope that medical science will be able to bring them back to life and cure their conditions.

As a last ditch hail Mary play when everything else was failing.  And using a cryogenic freezing technique that has NEVER proven to be reversible.  Everyone who is frozen was declared medically and legally dead.  There is no coming back from that no matter how good the surgery is.

“What many be problematic, is that no aspect of your original external body remains the same. Your head is no longer there; your brain is transplanted into an entirely different skull.

“It creates a new situation that will certainly not be easy.”

Not really.  You will still be dead, like before, so pretty much no change at all.

Prof Canavero said if the human head transplant works, it could have fundamental implications for human consciousness and even religion.

“In a few months we will sever a body from a head in an umprecedented medical procedure. In this phase, there is no life activity, not in the brain, not anywhere else in the body.

“If we bring this patient back to life we will receive the first real account of what actually happens after death. The head transplant gives us the first insight into whether there is an afterlife, a heaven, a hearafter.

“If we are able to prove that our brain does not create consciousness, religions will be swept away forever. They will no longer be necessary, as humans no longer need to be afraid of death.  We no longer need a Catholic Church, no Judaisim, and no Islam because religions in general will be obsolete.

Seriously?  We have had organ transplants for decades.  No religions failed as a result.  Some 7th Day Adventists are still struggling with the whole blood transfusion thing, but that is nowhere near them “loosing their faith”.

What I suspect will happen is:

Most likely Case 1:  We have successfully attached the frozen brain and warmed it up.  Now bring it back to life.   Bring it back to life.  Um… oh crap.  Let’s review our notes an try again next week.

Next likely Case 2:  Wake the patient up.  Eyes open. Heart pumps.  Lungs inflate.  person is unresponsive.  The lights are on but no one is home.  The dead don’t come back.

Next most likely Case 3:  The dead do come back, and they are hungry.  and fast.

Next most likely Case 4:  Patient is awake and conscious again and when asked what happened, is gives the exact same answer every surgical patient has given since the invention of anesthesia:  I don’t remember anything after the doctor telling me to count backwards from ten.

Least likely of all least likely cases:  The patient brings back any information from the other side.  The response of the world religions is: We don’t believe you.  Jews keep being Jews.  Catholics keep on Catholicking.  Moslems keep on goat molesting and child mutilating.  Militant atheists keep on predicting the new age of enlightenment and the death of religion.  7th Day Adventists keep on refusing to have their brains frozen and transplanted into new bodies from India.  But in this case, there is nothing to worry about.

Case he didn’t consider:  Patient wakes up and tells of being in the presence of the Lord and sending him back with a message that the DR needs to repent immediately.  Then what will the atheists say?  Obviously, the patient was delusional and his brain was starved for oxygen and dreaming.  You see, the standard of evidence they claim they will produce would never be good enough to convince them.

 

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