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Date: 03/13/12 09:27 AM

42 Responses to Head Transplant: The Truly Disturbing Real Story

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    Squeepy999 Female 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 9:28 am
    Link: Head Transplant: The Truly Disturbing Real Story - Famed Dr. White recounts his exploits into the realm of the brain and consciousness.
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    creatorofall Male 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 10:32 am
    suddenly regaining consciousness after dying with all motor control cut off would be a nightmare, might as well rip a monkeys head off while it`s still alive
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    skytz1337 Male 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 10:32 am
    i gave this some thought myself
    its not viable to transplant a head to another person..because of how the brain is wired but you can transplant the brain and the spine in a clone of yourself (after all you reach your maximum brain volume around the age of 21)
    combine that with the new research in nerves growing silk and you have an old brain in a fresh new body..and the best part is...its your own body
    i know it sounds weird as hell..but technically you can do it right now...we have all the technology necessary to do it but it wont be exacly...well..moral..i think
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    March 13, 2012 at 10:37 am
    That would have been WAY better had he used more goddam cats in his experiments. I`m glad he used monkeys, because they suck too, but more goddam cats.
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    Roland Male 30-39
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    March 13, 2012 at 10:44 am
    So disturbed right now.
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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 10:56 am
    skytz1337, you`re starting to sound like Roy Brisby.
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    Reignblazer Male 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 11:06 am
    The worst thing that could happen to this planet is human beings living forever, it`s already massively overpopulated with all the death that goes on on a daily basis.
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    xigris Male 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 11:19 am
    What the drat!?! They allow this guy to chop body parts together and place them on this body... But somehow the world won`t allow us to clone body part and place them in people`s bodies... You could cure diabetes just by cloning a new pancreases, Cure heart disease by cloning a new heart and so on...
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    March 13, 2012 at 11:19 am
    like in futurama? heads in jars?
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    Kalimata Male 30-39
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    March 13, 2012 at 11:23 am
    Incredible piece. A little difficult to watch at times, but still incredible. Imagine what could be done for people who`s body is dying but whose brain is healthy. Dr. Hawking for example.

    How would this change lifespan. Organs can function for far longer than a person`s lifespan, (a heart can last 150 years, so I`ve been told)is this the case with the brain as well?
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    March 13, 2012 at 11:33 am
    I`ve done sh_t like this in college (living hearts, pickled brains) and it brought back uncomfortable memories.
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    cndian_mouse Female 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 11:33 am
    9:42.. Is it just me or is that label moving. Super imposed?? If so what the heck was it actually instead of citric acid I wonder.
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    bentley22 Male 30-39
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    March 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm
    So you can basically put a really old persons head on a young body for a nice fresh start? I like it!
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    rburridge Female 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm
    drating creepy stuff :S
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    rburridge Female 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    @cndian mouse I imagine it`s just because it was in russian
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    Steelgrid Male 30-39
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    March 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    Havent they done this with monkeys, slightly successful....Keeping monkey heads alive for days at a time?
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    Steelgrid Male 30-39
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    March 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm
    "Incredible piece. A little difficult to watch at times, but still incredible. Imagine what could be done for people who`s body is dying but whose brain is healthy. Dr. Hawking for example.
    "

    I still dont think its very plausable. The human "mind" ages also. You can only handle so much input, like a hard drive in your computer. But you cannot delete what you have learned. A person can only live so long before the knowledge they gain drives them insane. I am not talking about Math, Science or that book-smart crap, Im talking about life in general. Grief, anguish, pain, loss, love gain and lost, it all takes a toll on the subconscious. Eventually you will get driven mad.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    March 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm
    Its kinda been done before and didnt that end well
    not all bad i guess
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    drgnfire Male 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    what about the spinal cord? how would you keep the head in place without it falling off or without leaving the body paralyzed even if the head did function.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    March 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm
    drgnfire: What he was talking about was using the body like a heart/lung machine. Because the spinal cord was severed there would be no limb or lower body function. Medicine can`t regenerate the spinal column, that hasn`t prevented them from trying to though.

    Even if they could completely place a head onto another body and the two function without complication or paralysis, The brain still ages and it will die eventually.

    No one can cheat death, you can only postpone it awhile longer.
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    evanbartlett Male 30-39
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    March 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    "I still dont think its very plausable. The human "mind" ages also."

    The key term that Steelgrid is using is "healthy brain." You`re right that you can`t keep a brain going on forever. Genes have present "off" switches after a certain number of mitotic divisions. Scientists are working on how to change the structure of division to limit what they call "senescence," but that`s a ways off. (They`re barely able to do it in roundworms. However, if a young person had terminal cancer that had not metastatized to the brain, the theory is sound that a brain transplant could lengthen the life of that person. Of course, that, in and of itself, is a ways off. :)
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    Nooni Male 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm
    Xigris I dont think that they allow this anymore most of that research was don in the 60s notice how he said at the end he would have to go to Russia to continue the research
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    Spaztazoid Female 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm
    WTF!
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    Spaztazoid Female 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm
    That has got the be the most facked up thing I`ve seen in a long, loooong time.
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    Steelgrid Male 30-39
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    March 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm
    "The key term that Steelgrid is using is "healthy brain." "

    No, thats not it at all.....I mean you, as a human, and your thoughts.....No matter how many brains, bodies or whatever, you can only handle so much.
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    March 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    I`m curious about if the person would have to be the same gender as the body they`re being transported to, or if everything would function properly if, for example, a girl`s brain was transported to a guy`s body. hmm
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    scheckydamon Male 60-69
    675 posts
    March 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm
    Abby? Abby Normal? Is that you?
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    patticakes Female 18-29
    463 posts
    March 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm
    I hate seeing animals suffer.
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    JustDani Female 18-29
    409 posts
    March 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm
    Wow. That melted my face. I don`t even know what else to say.
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    LightShaded Male 18-29
    423 posts
    March 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm
    "I want to believe"
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    March 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm
    Lillian: I believe the experience that transgender`s have had after surgeries would provide some insight, but then again 66% of those surgeries are eventually reversed.

    I don`t think they`d ever intentionally do a mixed gender transplant like that, the rehab would be hard enough as is just with a normal one, if it was even possible.
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    RedOnTheHead Male 50-59
    99 posts
    March 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm
    All the more reason to take good care of your teeth.
    Meanwhile in Poland
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    March 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm
    awful. But ask me again in 50 years if i want a brain transplant....
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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
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    March 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm
    @ LillianDulci I think, personal desire may be "hardwired" but now you introduce a bunch of new hormones and whatever damage occurs in the process.

    BTW- the old guy is scary as poo.
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    TheiaRenown Female 18-29
    426 posts
    March 14, 2012 at 9:25 am
    *lays her head on the desk with an eye twitch*...I...I dont feel so good, I`d say my mind is blown but they would try to keep it alive...
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    LilyLily Female 18-29
    90 posts
    March 15, 2012 at 4:00 am
    "I believe the experience that transgender`s have had after surgeries would provide some insight, but then again 66% of those surgeries are eventually reversed."

    Not to be rude, but I would really like to see your source for that. Because otherwise I`m calling severe bullpoo on that.
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    mcboozerilla Male 30-39
    646 posts
    March 15, 2012 at 4:02 am
    "I could tell he wasn`t a very happy creature."

    This guy belongs in a mental institution!!
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    mcboozerilla Male 30-39
    646 posts
    March 15, 2012 at 4:06 am
    Good news, folks: this sick son of a bitch died in 2010.
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    LilyLily Female 18-29
    90 posts
    March 15, 2012 at 4:13 am
    (Not that I am doubting that their are people with regrets who do try to "transition back", you do very rarely hear about it, but I highly doubt it would be anywhere near 66%.)
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    sdcxsdc Male 18-29
    15 posts
    March 15, 2012 at 8:48 am
    This guy is awesome, and this is not sick. You thick headed "folks".
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    zekumi Female 18-29
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    March 18, 2012 at 1:24 am
    Humans are truly monsters.
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    Sgt_Choco Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2012 at 6:55 am
    Absolutely disgusting. It`s horrifying when you consider the extent of animal testing still in existence.

    It`s things like this that would make an apocalypse in December bearable. There`s so much more evil in the world that will be dying than good.

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