At a recent meeting at the National Institutes of Health, Yale neuroscientist Nenad Sestan explained that we might now be one step closer to achieving immortality. However, it’s not like everyone probably thinks. According to him, his team has successfully managed to reanimate the brains of some dead pigs which they recovered from a slaughterhouse. They used a system called BrainEx and pumped the brains with artificial blood. For 36 hours, the brain came back to life, but not in the sense that they became conscious again. Sestan says that they regained their awareness instead.
What was even more shocking was that he admitted that primates’ brains could receive the same treatment and could be restored indefinitely. Apart from the ethical questions that inevitably arose, spending the rest of your life as a disembodied brain might not sound that good. This is because the technology to reattach it to a body might be centuries away. The best-case scenario is that you would be spending your days with your thoughts alone, unable to have access to senses of any kind. Apart from this, some experts have said that even with a new and functional body, living like this could be a fate worse than death.
The revival of the brain
Experts have argued that normally, the brain and body of a person are in constant interaction with each other. However, this connection would not be possible with a disembodied brain and life would simply lose its meaning. Nobody knows what being a disembodied brain would feel like, but many are saying that it would be a deeply disturbing fate. They have also warned the first man to undergo a head transplant that he might be suffering a terrible fate.
The many unfamiliar electrical and chemical signals from his new body might overwhelm his brain, finally sending him mad. In the case of a disembodied brain, it could be even worse than this.
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