Yale's Experiment To Reanimate Dead Brains Promises To Be A "Living Hell" For Humans

Submitted by: daegog 1 week ago in News & Politics


An excerpt from The Telegraph: A scientific experiment to reanimate dead brains could lead to humans enduring a ‘fate worse than death,’ an ethics lecturer has warned.

Last month Yale University announced it had successfully resurrected the brains of more than 100 slaughtered pigs and found that the cells were still healthy. The reanimated brains were kept alive for up to 36 hours and scientists said the process, which should also work in primates, offered a new way to study intact organs in the lab.

Although the pigs did not regain consciousness, the team admitted that it may be possible to restore awareness, and the experiments open the door to the prospect of human brains being kept alive outside of the body. However, Nottingham Trent ethics and philosophy lecturer Benjamin Curtis said it could lead to humans enduring a "living hell".

“Even if your conscious brain were kept alive after your body had died, you would have to spend the foreseeable future as a disembodied brain in a bucket, locked away inside your own mind without access to the sense that allow us to experience and interact with the world,” he told The Conversation. “In the best case scenario you would be spending your life with only your own thoughts for company.

I can't see how this could possibly go wrong, can you?
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Male 586
Movie recommendation: Johnny Got His Gun

It's one of the movies everybody should watch, like everybody should read 1984, Brave New World and Utopia.
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Male 202
What if it goes right instead of wrong?  What if we could put your brain into a cyborg or cloned brainless body when you discover that your original one is riddled with melanoma?  We are already developing direct brain to machine interfaces...are we just to assume that will all stop or go nowhere?
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Male 504
stevopusser That's exactly what I was thinking. Yeah maybe right now if they were to do it it would be a "living hell" from the lack of connection to the world around you, but with advances in technology we could have robotic eyes, ears, or even complete bodies. Why demonize the technology so early on?
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Male 16,809
I had a similar experience at a Diana Krall concert. 
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Male 125
All the heads-in-jars in Futurama seemed to live dignified and fulfilling lives.
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Male 21,392
What's the end game here? 
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fancylad Cloud saves. 
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Male 7,551
skypirate Pretty sure that's a reference to a movie I haven't seen. 
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LordJim Wasnt meant to be. But I'm sure there are plenty of movies out there that revolve around the concept. 
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Male 7,551
skypirate You have the title and the concept,  write the screenplay. 
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LordJim I'm not that creative, it would be a hot mess. 
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