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    I'm sure transplanting a human head is quite easy. The question is whether or not it can be done on living humans without killing them.
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    A head transplant should be possible, however it's going to require a substantial amount of relearning. The mind will never be as good at controlling the new body as it was at controlling the old body.

    The reason for this is that the more practiced a motor skill is the more it becomes consolidated in lower motor centers such as the spine. This is convenient because it provides high level control parameters for cortex to adapt to. It is inconvenient because it was done in a coordinate system that is somewhat unique to the previous owner of the body. Add the fact that much of motor learning is done when the brain is young and plastic to the new rotated coordinate system and you're probably going to be rather uncoordinated.

    In the future we might invent some great drugs that increase neuroplasticity which could help to overcome this problem. On the flip side, taking these neuroplasticity drugs could make your brain too plastic, and you could be forced to give up some of your old identity.

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    I suppose braindead coma patients on life support might make good donors. :P

    Also, if happens to me, I'd like a woman's body please. That would be a cool thing to experience. (Although I guess since my brain still produces male hormones and stuff like that, it wouldn't actually work. But I can always deam)
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    Quote Originally Posted by lowtech redneck View Post
    Even assuming both of those problems are solved:

    Its more utilitarian to harvest the organs of brain-dead patients, whereby you can save more lives from a single donor.

    As for extending the human lifespan, brain cell degeneration would presumably continue as normal, so even beside the supply limitations its just much more practical to research cellular regeneration.
    Yeah, I think I generally agree with that approach.

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    ^The head transplant guy is #1, but I frankly consider #9 to be the most disturbing.
    I've known of many of these guys, and of course the infamous monkey head / dog head experiments back in the 50-70's or so. Big issue was always the nerve regeneration.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    I suppose braindead coma patients on life support might make good donors. :P

    Also, if happens to me, I'd like a woman's body please. That would be a cool thing to experience. (Although I guess since my brain still produces male hormones and stuff like that, it wouldn't actually work. But I can always deam)
    Body chemistry can be changed. *shrug*

    But yeah, it could cause a mismatch if your brain is wired one way, and then of course we've got all the typical rejection issues with transplants, and then what range of female body would you accept?

    EDIT: As far as brain-dead people on life support, start reading with this article and then followup with some of the linkys on that page.

    http://personalitycafe.com/psycholog...attention.html

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    Not unless you can start an oxygenated blood transfusion on the head in the time it takes to mend the more delicate bits of the head to the neck. Which is doubtful unless we develop more advanced technology; even then, it would probably require a lot of physical therapy before voluntary motor functions worked properly.

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    I need a new head. Can I get a new body too?

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    See, there are thousands of people in need of a donor. Contact the Red Cross about giving head today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Body chemistry can be changed. *shrug*
    In part, yes, but I seriously doubt I'd end up having monthly periods after transplanting my head onto a female body.

    Now I may be wrong, but I think that is a little bit more complicated than what hormone therapies can achieve. :P
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