The light at the end of the transhumanist tunnel is increasingly looking like it's an oncoming train. In this case, it may be a case of a literal sort of transhumanism, the transplanting of the biological center, if you will, of one human being into another, or the grafting of one to another. In this case, so many of you sent be various versions of the article that it would be impossible to mention you all, but it is worth taking careful note of this story, and its possible implications:

Full-body transplants will be possible within two years, says controversial surgeon Sergio Canavero

First human head transplant could happen in two years

Surgeon to offer ideas on a way to do human head transplants

Now, obviously, the idea of head transplants in conjunction with transhumanist memes has been around, after a fashion, since Percy Shelley's Frankenstein (yes, I said Percy Shelley's, and not Mary Shelley's, Frankenstein. See my friend Scott D DeHart's Shelley Unbound). With a little digging, one can even find bizarre papers and in some cases patents for head transplant techniques going back to the 1950s and 1960s. The idea isn't new. In fact, in one of those curious synchronicities that one so often finds between "science fiction" and real life, Oxford literature don C.S. Lewis wrote of a head transplant in conjunction with "shady Italians" and a DARPA-like group called the National Institute for Coordinated Experiments (N.I.C.E.), and Arthurian memes and Templar references in the last novel of his "space trilogy," That Hideous Strength.

The technique being proposed almost reads like Lewis' fantasia in That Hideous Strength, for in the novel, a convicted criminal's head, executed by guillotine in France, becomes the "donor" for NICE's experiment. Similarly, the new technique reads not only like an updated version of Shelley's Frankenstein but of That Hideous Strength as well:

"This month, he published a summary of the technique he believes will allow doctors to transplant a head onto a new body (Surgical Neurology International, It involves cooling the recipient's head and the donor body to extend the time their cells can survive without oxygen. The tissue around the neck is dissected and the major blood vessels are linked using tiny tubes, before the spinal cords of each person are cut. Cleanly severing the cords is key, says Canavero.

"The recipient's head is then moved onto the donor body and the two ends of the spinal cord – which resemble two densely packed bundles of spaghetti – are fused together. To achieve this, Canavero intends to flush the area with a chemical called polyethylene glycol, and follow up with several hours of injections of the same stuff. Just like hot water makes dry spaghetti stick together, polyethylene glycol encourages the fat in cell membranes to mesh.

"Next, the muscles and blood supply would be sutured and the recipient kept in a coma for three or four weeks to prevent movement. Implanted electrodes would provide regular electrical stimulation to the spinal cord, because research suggests this can strengthen new nerve connections.

"When the recipient wakes up, Canavero predicts they would be able to move and feel their face and would speak with the same voice. He says that physiotherapy would enable the person to walk within a year. Several people have already volunteered to get a new body, he says.

"The trickiest part will be getting the spinal cords to fuse. Polyethylene glycol has been shown to prompt the growth of spinal cord nerves in animals, and Canavero intends to use brain-dead organ donors to test the technique. However, others are sceptical that this would be enough. "There is no evidence that the connectivity of cord and brain would lead to useful sentient or motor function following head transplantation," says Richard Borgens, director of the Center for Paralysis Research at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana."(Italicized emphasis added).

Note the implications of the two italicized statements in the quotation above. Dr Canavero's approach to "reconnect" the transplanted head with a new "body" (raising the question, is this really a head transplant, or a body transplant?) strikes one as a kind of clumsy "shotgun" approach: immerse the (cleanly) severed spinal cords in polyethylene glycol and more or less "hope they interconnect." But in a supposedly "transhumanist" age when nanotechnology - one of the components of the transhumanists' favored GRIN technologies (Genetics, Robotics, Information processing, and Nanotechnology) - could conceivable perform such interconnections rapidly and accurately, one wonders which this head transplant idea and its macabre Shelley-esque techniques are being debated at all.Similarly, why even bother with nanotechnological "grafting" of this head on that body, when genetic therapies coupled with nanotechnology might be able to repair heads or bodies on a cell by cell level. And this the question: If one can envision the growing capabilities along the arc of development of each of these technologies, then why the push for "head/body transplant technology and techniques" at all?

Pursuing this line of reasoning, and tracing out the implications of the second italicized statement in the above quotation, one must then ask might there be a wholly hidden agenda that is being pursued in this latest proposal in a long line of "head transplant" proposals and experiments? The key, I suggest, is both obvious and occult(in perhaps all senses of the word). The obvious one is the notion of achieving some sort of "virtual immortality" by means of such techniques: "old body riddled with cancer? No problem. Just schedule your out-patient guillotining and head transplant with the receptionist." Dr Canavero suggests this is the real reason for his proposals.

But I suspect there are even deeper - high octane - ones. As I noted above, projecting the arc of the development of the GRIN technologies, such procedures as Dr Canavero is suggesting ultimately make no sense; they would simply be an unneeded and barbaric relic of a bygone "surgical" age. So why propose them at all? I suspect here the answer has to do with consciousness, and the attempt to "locate it" within the body, if one operates out of the assumptions of a materialist cosmology. I suspect the real hidden purpose may be that an attempt is being made to understand that mind-brain-consciousness-personhood link, and perhaps even be able to manipulate it.

It is perhaps significant that Lewis, in his novel, speculated that the severed head at NICE was kept "alive," only to become the masque not of the criminal personality that once dwelt in it, but of something else. It may even be significant that Lewis is successful in evoking the Templars and their own "severed head" charges without having to mention them by name.

See you on the flip side...

Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. James on March 10, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    See Dr. Robert White From Cleveland Ohio did this with Monkeys :
    On March 14, 1970,[7] a group of scientists from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio,[6] led by Robert J. White, a neurosurgeon and a professor of neurological surgery who was inspired by the work of Vladimir Demikhov, performed a highly controversial operation to transplant the head of one monkey onto another’s body. The procedure was a success to some extent, with the animal being able to smell, taste, hear, and see the world around it. The operation involved cauterizing arteries and veins carefully while the head was being severed to prevent hypovolemia. Because the nerves were left entirely intact, connecting the brain to a blood supply kept it chemically alive. The animal survived for some time after the operation, even at times attempting to bite some of the staff.[8] In 2001, Dr. White successfully repeated the operation on a monkey.[9]
    White later wrote:
    …What has been accomplished in the animal model – prolonged hypothermic preservation and cephalic transplantation, is fully accomplishable in the human sphere. Whether such dramatic procedures will ever be justified in the human area must wait not only upon the continued advance of medical science but more appropriately the moral and social justification of such procedural undertakings…what has always been the stuff of science fiction – the Frankenstein legend, in which an entire human being is constructed by sewing various body parts together – will become a clinical reality early in the 21st century… brain transplantation, at least initially, will really be head transplantation – or body transplantation, depending on your perspective… with the significant improvements in surgical techniques and postoperative management since then, it is now possible to consider adapting the head-transplant technique to humans.[10]

  2. Khobe on March 9, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I would say that Dottor Canaverro has an urgent need of a head transplant. I would seriously listen to all his considerations after his surgical intervention. It’s obvious his current head is not functioning well.

  3. moxie on March 9, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Even in science they’re acting counter intuitively. All the more it suggests something else is at work here. So this is another transhumanist pitch for something to be imposed in the future. It’s not hard to imagine these things becoming the norm, they’ve been stupefying and conditioning the mass for it. Does it make sense? Doesn’t matter. They’re driving the train we’re on.

  4. marcos toledo on March 9, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Ghost In The Shell anybody in the manga and anime the brain and spinal cord were transplanted together into a android body. A variant of this meme is in fantasy is called possession where your body is taken over by another intelligence. Do our oligarchs fear death this much that is their ticket to escaping going to HELL when they die. These people must be desperate not to face the consequences of their actions in a afterlife.

  5. DownunderET on March 9, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Transplanting heads, these scientists have their heads up the asses, (pun intended), they have no idea of what they are dealing with here. I just wonder if the bolt through the neck is mandatory or not. Let’s face it, it took a long time for heart, liver and kidney transplants to become daily lifesavers, but heads, I don’t think so. And lets talk about mind and memory being non-local, let them try and get around that little gem. All in all this is a no brainer (another pun intended), so I’m letting this one go into the “can’t be done” category, and that’s where it’s staying.

  6. mesolad on March 9, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    About the structure of consciousness, just staying in the academic world, not roaming elsewhere : there are of course the neurons in the abdomen, colloquially called “the belly brain”; there are also the findings of psychoneuroimmunology, which I discovered recently, through some french articles nicknaming the immune system (I am trying a translation in english – I did not find the exact english phrase so far) “flowing brain”, in french : “cerveau circulant” – so well, this story of head/body transplant and its consequencies on identity – hmm …

  7. Robert Barricklow on March 9, 2015 at 8:17 am

    The “head transplants” are here; they’re just not evenly distributed.

    So with the GRIN technologies of the future; the woman go to their clothes closets, and then to their body-part closets,
    “Now which of these heads goes best with this outfit?”.

  8. DanaThomas on March 9, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Apparently this “gentleman” has been talking about thid for a couple of years now: insanity or psyops, an indirect way of saying that this has already been done? Looks like “organ donor” forms will require an update to include other items…

  9. basta on March 9, 2015 at 7:08 am

    I think ultimately the purpose of this sort of mad-scientist-in-a-white-lab-coat-rubbing-his-hands-with-glee article, pronouncing this or that obscenely unethical medical procedure is just around the corner, is simply to desensitize the population to the obscene transhumanist procedures that are indeed just around the corner. In a word: disinfo.

    • Button on March 9, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      I agree 100%. Why pay for a 20 year old Olympic medalist’s body yet keep a rotting, 96 year old head when you can pay for a full consciousness transfer and forego that pesky alien body syndrome. Perhaps this is the first nail in the AMA’s coffin?

      • Button on March 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm

        I mention alien body syndrome facetiously, but perhaps Dr. Farrell is closer to the mark than he realizes with the comparison to Alcasan’s head? Perhaps this is the real purpose of such a procedure, to sever and disconnect one’s being in such a way that the person is henceforth open to alien influences or “possession” of a form? Intriguing to say the least, but I feel quite sure there are those who know the rules of this particular game and are fully aware of the possibilities under consideration.

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