I read this article with a bit more incredulity than usual. I mean, really, the idea of volunteering for decapitation to get a new body—does the idea sit well with you?
Sure, first the body transplant will be pitched to the terminally ill, or the terribly injured. Then, once they have it down and it’s commonplace, maybe it will be touted as the end of sagging skin.
I fail to find any specific reassurance in the fact that “the spinal cord nerves that would allow the recipient’s brain to talk to the donor’s body can be fused together using a substance called polyethylene glycol.” Polyethylene glycol is a very common substance. It’s the active ingredient in the eye drops I use. PEG’s use spans a myriad of diverse applications, from colonic cleansing to antifreeze.
What is somewhat comforting is my extreme doubt that there’s a huge marketplace of folks out there waiting to put their heads on other people’s shoulders. Given the requirement of an intact brain, who are the aspiring immortals going to be?