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Keeping Brains Alive Outside The Body

 
 
oralloy
 
Reply Thu 3 May, 2018 04:23 am
http://www.technologyreview.com/s/611007/researchers-are-keeping-pig-brains-alive-outside-the-body/

My first thoughts: Being kept alive in total silent darkness with no way of interacting with the world sounds horrible. I'd choose death over that.

But on the other hand, if they could hook my brain up to a machine that could interact with the world when my body dies, I'd take being a cyborg over being dead.

I doubt that becoming a cyborg will become a viable option soon enough to save me. But the possibility might be worth pursuing for the sake of future generations.
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jespah
 
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Reply Thu 3 May, 2018 05:42 am
@oralloy,
This feels like how we get Skynet.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 3 May, 2018 07:35 am
Let Donovan's Brain be a caution. Do you want to be possessed by a dead man's brain?
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Pamela Rosa
 
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Reply Thu 3 May, 2018 08:10 am
William and Mary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDWQLWHXY0Y
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 3 May, 2018 08:48 am
@oralloy,
imagine an immortal plump. Theres a horror story worth Stephen King
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Blickers
 
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Reply Thu 10 May, 2018 10:54 pm
Mystery Science Theatre had just the scenario:

jespah
 
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Reply Fri 11 May, 2018 06:15 am
@Blickers,
Jan in the pan.
http://mst3k.wikia.com/wiki/Jan_in_the_Pan
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oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 11 May, 2018 06:47 am
H. P. Lovecraft had a horror story about aliens that extract human brains and keep them alive in jars:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Whisperer_in_Darkness


The Metallica song Trapped Under Ice was supposed to be about a guy who had his head cryogenically frozen in the hopes of being resurrected one day, but found that he was still conscious and trapped inside his frozen head without being able to communicate his plight to anyone:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ride_the_Lightning#Music_and_lyrics


Here's an interesting dilemma. What if before you die science develops an ability to keep your brain alive indefinitely, but they don't yet know how to attach it to any sensory input. But if you were willing to endure some 500 years of endless dark silence they will eventually develop the ability to connect you to machines that will allow you to perceive and interact with the world.

Would it be worth 500 years of endless dark silence to be able to live again (possibly for a very long time) once they got things working?

Or would the torture of being totally alone and cut off for 500 years be too much to bear no matter what the rewards?
Blickers
 
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Reply Fri 11 May, 2018 11:29 pm
@oralloy,
Well, there are people who awake from a coma after years, and they seem to do fine.

My guess is that your brain just adjusts to it, and then one day boom!-you're awake again.
oralloy
 
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Reply Sat 12 May, 2018 05:26 am
@Blickers,
If you were unconscious it would probably be OK.

I'd really hate to be endlessly conscious in that condition though.
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