Today in mad science: an Italian neurosurgeon claims to be proceeding full steam ahead with a plan to transplant a human head. That's according to an article in the delightfully-named German magazine Ooom, which reveals that
- The world’s first human head transplant will be performed within the next ten months.
- The procedure will be performed in China.
Many experiments have already been conducted and, according to Prof. Canavero, have yielded “incredible results, which will change the course of medicine.” ...The world’s first head transplant reportedly poses far fewer surgical and medical obstacles than previously assumed. The duration of the procedure will allegedly be significantly shorter than 72 hours.
That's just the start. Coming up next,
We are currently planning the world’s first brain transplant, and I consider it realistic that we will be ready in three years at the latest. A brain transplant has many advantages: first, there is barely any immune reaction, which means the problem of rejection does not exist. The brain is, in a manner of speaking, a neutral organ. If you transplant a head with vessels, nerves, tendons and muscles, rejection can pose a massive problem. This is not the case with the brain. What may be problematic, however, is that no aspect of your original external body remains the same. Your head is no longer there; your brain is transplanted into an entirely different skull.
"Where will they get the brains?" a typical Infocult reader might ask. Our scientist gamely replies "Have you heard of the company Alcor?"
As soon as the first human head transplant has taken place, i.e., no later than in 2018, we will be able to attempt to reawaken the first frozen head.
That means you aim to transplant one of the frozen brains into a donor body?
Just to complete the "bwahahahaha" and Frankenstein aspects of this,
In a few months, we will severe a body from a head in an unprecedented medical procedure. In this phase, there is no life activity – not in the brain, not anywhere else in the body. The patient is dead, clinically dead. If we bring this person back to life, we will receive the first real account of what actually happens after death. The head transplant gives us the first insight into whether there is an afterlife, a heaven, a hereafter, or whatever you may want to call it or whether death is simply a flicking off of the light switch and that’s it.
There's more info here.
Of course, there are skeptics. Isn't that always the way with weak and small minds, worried about their "ethics" and "reality"?
(thanks to Steven-with-two-brains Kaye)