Re: Anencephaly

Jeff Davis (
Fri, 20 Aug 1999 03:41:01 -0700

Anders Sandberg (
17 Aug 1999 15:58:10 +0200


>The problem with using anencephalic bodies is that the head doesn't
develop properly without
>the brain, and becomes literally flat.

The problem is the use of the word "properly" above. Let's get past this. It's a minor problem.

Whatever unique conditions produce anencephally, predictably and logically produce the flattened, and thus "unsatisfactory" head configuration. The fact that anencephaly actually occurs is more or less a proof of concept. What remains is refinement. Understand the developmental particulars and reconfigure them to produce the "proper", ie, desired result. To wit: a perfectly configured body with all the parts you want and none that you don't.

To get the proper head shape you probably only need some sort of non-functional brain-sized tissue mass, a kind of biological packing material.

It would also be useful to rapidly grow the body to adult size. Jeff Davis
Socket Science
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