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Message 1725608 - Posted: 14 Sep 2015, 7:40:22 UTC
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Human head transplant edges closer to reality: Chinese surgeon teams up with Italian doctor to perform controversial procedure in 2017

The operation has been done with a chimp before but the animal died after 8 days because his body rejected the head.

I do wonder what personality/soul one has after a procedure like this. Would it be the one from the body of the one from the head?

The amazing operation is expected to cost around £7.5 million and last up to 36 hours.

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Message 1725610 - Posted: 14 Sep 2015, 7:53:56 UTC

INMO everything centers from the brain. You could plug a head into a computer and that would be where the personality/soul would be. Just my opinion though.

Good thought process though, it may help answer some questions but probably will pose much more questions than answers.

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Message 1725643 - Posted: 14 Sep 2015, 12:52:31 UTC

So apparently they don't have to match up every nerve fiber from the head to the body. I think I read somewhere that the nerves will find their own opposite.
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Message 1725649 - Posted: 14 Sep 2015, 13:28:27 UTC

But what about muscle memory?
I know musicians rely on that.

I had to operate my both ulnar nerves 10 years ago.
Both hands are still suffering from atrophy.

It's not only to nerves finding their own opposites.
It's also important that the nerve shield heals.
In my case I think I have that problem.
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Message 1725765 - Posted: 14 Sep 2015, 19:24:24 UTC - in response to Message 1725608.  

People keep telling me it's all in my head so that would be my first guess.
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Message 1725792 - Posted: 14 Sep 2015, 20:55:40 UTC - in response to Message 1725765.  
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People keep telling me it's all in my head so that would be my first guess.

But what about the spinal cord?
There are many primal nerve functions there.
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Message 1725896 - Posted: 15 Sep 2015, 6:19:49 UTC - in response to Message 1725643.  

So apparently they don't have to match up every nerve fiber from the head to the body. I think I read somewhere that the nerves will find their own opposite.

if that was true, then spinal cord injuries would not exist! :/

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Message 1725911 - Posted: 15 Sep 2015, 7:42:01 UTC - in response to Message 1725765.  

People keep telling me it's all in my head so that would be my first guess.


Hm..Chakra's leap to mind.

The head is a part of the body and is connected to it through the spinal cord and its bone marrow. And how about the physical condition, cholesterol, blood type, hormones etc..?

I believe the operation won't succeed, too complicated.
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Message 1725918 - Posted: 15 Sep 2015, 8:58:02 UTC

it would be easier to grow same body in another tube...& transfer consciousness!
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Message 1726084 - Posted: 16 Sep 2015, 1:47:14 UTC - in response to Message 1725911.  

People keep telling me it's all in my head so that would be my first guess.


Hm..Chakra's leap to mind.

The head is a part of the body and is connected to it through the spinal cord and its bone marrow. And how about the physical condition, cholesterol, blood type, hormones etc..?

I believe the operation won't succeed, too complicated.

I believe you're right - we're a package deal. It's all or nothing.
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