Re: NEURO: Head Transplants"

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Mon, 30 Aug 1999 02:55:42 -0500 wrote:
> > Where are they getting the bodies?
> > --
> > Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
> I guess that the bodies would come from accident victims who had died
> due to head injuries. Ideally the brain would flatline and they'd pull
> the plug even though the body was still going strong. The dying person
> would have to be set up as an organ donor in the usual way, presumably.
> Of course it's wasteful to use a whole body when all you want to do is
> to keep the head alive. You've got a lot of meat sitting there that's
> not doing anybody any good. Plus donating the whole body means you can't
> donate hearts and kidneys and whatever organs are transplantable these
> days. So from the donor's perspective it is pretty questionable.

Well, wait a minute. The original head can donate eyes, and the original body can donate kidneys, hearts, and lungs and survive on heart-lung-kidney machines, since the body isn't going to be walking around or anything. For that matter, you could donate arms and legs, though I don't believe we're up to that. And then you could use the rest of the body as a blood-generating machine for the Red Cross. Just a way of giving something back to the community.

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