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  1. #1 Who is he? 
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    Hi guys.

    I always think little oddly and get many silly questions and one of it is:

    If, by any chance, it is possible to replace one person's brain with another person's and a man with dead brain gets his brain replaced with another man's brain who is brutally injured, how can we identify that person? Does he behave like the first person or the second? To whose family he has to return?

    Could anybody please think over it?


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    The thing is, nobody actually did it yet. There were some experiments with switching heads in two monkeys, but they didn't last long, and they were connected all the time. But yes, i guess, if you could switch brains with someone, you'd get his body but not his brains and vice verse. You should be the same person, but in a different body. Although, i don't think you could transplant just someones brain without doing the same with spinal cord.... But that's just me....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Purushothama
    Hi guys.

    I always think little oddly and get many silly questions and one of it is:

    If, by any chance, it is possible to replace one person's brain with another person's and a man with dead brain gets his brain replaced with another man's brain who is brutally injured, how can we identify that person? Does he behave like the first person or the second? To whose family he has to return?

    Could anybody please think over it?
    Many people have thought it over including this guy in ancient Greece:

    The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned [from Crete] had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their place, insomuch that this ship became a standing example among the philosophers, for the logical question of things that grow; one side holding that the ship remained the same, and the other contending that it was not the same.
    —Plutarch
    (Wikpedia)

    But the brain develops in conjunction with the body and if separated therefrom and put in a different body would surely experience unbearable frustration unless the recipient body was almost perfectly matched to the donor. What if, for example, a basketball star's brain was placed in the body of an overweight couch potato? He would know all the moves but couldn't do a thing about it. Or if Ann Coulter's alleged brain was put in the body of a microbiologist. Who would that be?
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    This might give you an idea. I have a thread in the biology section that is about switching the heads on animals, but I also put up a video on it as well that talks about head transplant as well as the possibilty of brain transplant. Here is the link to the video:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8On7rktFZME
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    Quote Originally Posted by korben
    Wow..... :bow: Stephen Hawking =( Man, i love that guy.... I'd be really happy if one day he succeed to get the new body....
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    I'm pretty sure you'd at least have to transplan the spine as well, since a good deal of cognitive function is in there as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by korben
    This might give you an idea. I have a thread in the biology section that is about switching the heads on animals, but I also put up a video on it as well that talks about head transplant as well as the possibilty of brain transplant. Here is the link to the video:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8On7rktFZME
    It is marvellous Korben. I got one more vedio along with it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JNmlqjLe4A&NR=1
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    we lack medical technology to perform such feat.
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