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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian26 Apr 2018 11:56 a.m. PST

A team of scientists have recently revealed they are able to keep the brain of a pig alive outside of its body for 36 hours after it has been decapitated.


Oberlindes Sol LIC26 Apr 2018 12:25 p.m. PST

And didn't we just have a thread about brains mounted on flying stands?

I think that the brains should have psionic capabilities, otherwise all they can do is smear meningeal fluid on you, which would be gross and probably a biohazard.

To extend the life of the flying brains, they should be hooked up to battery packs (to keep that brain tsunami going -- google it; it's a thing) and maybe a fluid pump to keep oxygenated blood circulating.

Then the game devolves into a siege, with the brains outside the psionically-shielded laboratory control room and the player-characters inside. The brains will eventually die because they can't live outside of a complete support system (usually called a body) for ever, but the PCs will run out of Mountain Dew and pizza eventually, and they'll have to come out shooting.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member26 Apr 2018 2:32 p.m. PST

Weren't some moral than thou scientists getting all bent out of shape about how a damn Dodo bird got killed?

PS. I'm sure this (and worse) has already been tried on people in very recent years:



goragrad26 Apr 2018 2:54 p.m. PST

So the entire head was involved. Did they do anything to keep the surrounding tissue 'alive?'

As to the statements about possible uses of human brains for research should this be possible with humans, who (and how will they do it) will be certifying that the brain is legally 'dead' and available for experimental use?

Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member26 Apr 2018 3:11 p.m. PST

I think flying brains would make great sci-fi tanks.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART26 Apr 2018 3:59 p.m. PST

It's all about the tin Foil.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member26 Apr 2018 4:03 p.m. PST

That, and that no firearms were used in the decapitation:

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian26 Apr 2018 4:51 p.m. PST

Immortality at last! evil grin

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2018 6:43 p.m. PST

Recently I read an article about how the medical community keeps re-defining death as technology, health insurance, and other issues keep changing.

It used to be if you stopped breathing and your heart stopped, you were dead. Then it was various types of brain waves were used to signify death.

Part of the push to define death was so they could keep organs alive for transplant, because the donor had to be "dead" before the organs could be transplanted. But dead donors were not good donors.

Really, most sincerely, dead.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

goragrad26 Apr 2018 7:53 p.m. PST

In Keith Laumer's 'Plague of Demons' aliens were harvesting the brains of soldiers in brush fire wars to place in their Bolo equivalent AFVs. Primates in some as well.

Once the capability is developed to make all of the nerve connections…

Twilight Samurai Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2018 10:38 p.m. PST

The Whisperer in Darkness, HP Lovecraft(1930).


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