This recent Telegraph article, based on a German interview with the controversial Professor Sergio Canavero, just got more and more insane and mind-blowing (if you will excuse the pun) as I read it…ending in like an operatic Frankenstein-meets-Nietzsche conclusion that is the stuff of fever-dream obscure conspiracy videos on YouTube.
Professor Canavero—Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group and most known for his upcoming plans to conduct the world’s first human head transplant—discussed with the magazine Ooom his next project, which will be human brain transplants.
Like literally, taking a cryogenically preserved brain and putting it in a “donor” body. Said Prof. Canavero:
We will try to bring the first of the company’s patients back to life, not in 100 years. As soon as the first human head transplant has taken place, i.e. no later than 2018, we will be able to attempt to reawaken the first frozen head…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.
So there’s like a whole barrel of questions and concerns with something like this, some of which he acknowledges in the article. For example, the psychological impact of having your mind in somebody else’s body.
The inevitable question is: who are going to be these donor bodies? Will the aging/dying rich and powerful finagle a way to acquire these bodies?
Wasn’t there a hit horror movie based on EXACTLY this premise like a handful of months ago?
But what Canavero says next in the interview is really the “kicker”…basically, that along with successful brain transplants, there will literally be no more need for religion:
In a few months we will sever a body from a head in an umprecedented medical procedure. In this phase, there is no life activity, not in the brain, not anywhere else in the body.
If we bring this patient 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 hearafter.
If we are able to prove that our brain does not create consciousness, religions will be swept away forever. They will no longer be necessary, as humans no longer need to be afraid of death. We no longer need a Catholic Church, no Judaisim, and no Islam because religions in general will be obsolete.
It will be a turning point in human history.
I have no doubt the technology is almost there to accomplish these brain transplants. None. And Prof. Canavero’s basic timetime sounds reasonable to me. Contemporary advancements in technology, science, and space exploration are all topics the general public are not sufficiently informed and educated about, and there is an entire “Futureworld” ready to be “mainstreamed” that we are barely prepared for.
So what will this all mean? And will the human soul/spirit be “developed” enough by the time brain transplants are commonplace not to use this technology for nefarious ends? Will a successfully revived brain return to this mortal plane with incredible tales of an afterlife that will destroy the need for any religious philosophy?
Or will that revived brain “prove” instead that we are all truly nothing but organic machines?