How many times have you heard someone complain, “I’ve got no head for business”? Ah! But what if that person could have a great CEO’s head transplanted onto his body? Problem solved!
Somewhere in the wilds of Manchuria, a headline-happy Italian surgeon and his Chinese colleagues are working to develop new surgical procedures which could, they say, make human head transplants possible (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/03/27/italian-chinese-surgeons-cite-spinal-cord-repair-head-transplant-canavero-xiaoping/3287179002/).
In fairness, what they say they’re working on–note I did not say “actually working on”–is repairing broken or damaged spinal cords, something which medical science has not yet been able to achieve. To be able to repair spinal cord injuries would be truly wonderful, worthy of high praise.
Head transplants, not so much.
In The Master Mind of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote of a brilliant Martian scientist who transplanted the brains of rich, powerful people who were getting old into the bodies of young, healthy, good-looking people. This was routinely abused and John Carter had to make him stop.
Imagine! By the miracle of head transplant surgery, you could have Nancy Pelosi running the House of Representatives for the next 300 years. Just keep transplanting her head on young bodies. Supermodel bodies, if you like. Break out the bikini. [Oops–did I forget to hand out barf bags before I wrote that? Sorry!]
Oh, well–who knows what goes on in China? As Plato once said, when he’d heard stories of the kraken, “Perhaps the stories are not true.”