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If it is possible to get a brain transplant, whose own will you like to get?

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I have two things to say about this topic. First, in the interest of keeping with the general theme of the answers I'll pick someone, which would probably have to be Albert Einstein. I think he developed a very unique ability to understand the complexities of many of the fundamental properties of the universe and the manner with which we we derive our experience from within it's confines. Through his so-called "thought experiments" he seemed to have little problem with arriving at the answer to almost any problem he took the time to consider, while the process of working out the proofs and presenting the details to share his ideas with the scientific community seemed to be a much more difficult thing for him to do.

While I could only imagine how lonely it would feel to be the smartest person in a room full of the greatest scientists of your time, and realizing that you could not get their approval because they could not comprehend what you were trying to explain to them, I would be glad to make the trade-off just to see with such an amazing point of view. One that I doubt Einstein could have appreciated himself, as it was all that he had known.

I have little doubt that if he were somehow given the ability to live indefinitely, his dynamic theories would have placed us much further ahead in our understanding of all that which is. His relentlessness would likely have already have provided us with a Universal Field theory by this time, and even if it was found to be flawed in some way, he had no problem revisiting and fixing his prior inaccuracies.

These qualities along with his unusual perspective on the world in general, his sense of humor and his powerful anti-war stance make him a truly unique individual. I might even be inclined to argue that he was a point of modern evolutionary divergence toward a more intelligent species, although I don't know what became of his children from his first wife, and his fame may have hampered this hypothetical phenomena from occurring.

Somewhat ironically, Einstein once said that he wanted to know what God was thinking, and yet I want to know what HE was thinking!

Now with that said, I arrive at the second part of my answer. I can't help but at least briefly give my thoughts about receiving a hypothetical brain transplant from another person! In my opinion, the human condition of being self-aware and believing that there is more than the physical entity involved is MOST LIKELY an illusion, albeit a spectacularly vivid one! And while i am open to other ideas and willing to move from my position on the matter, I think that the only thing that could be possible considered the soul, in an indirect sense, is the precise arrangement of neural connections (as well as other cells) and the neural networks as they're often called, with which that they produce. The collective physical connections of the brain predict the neural pulse's reactions to actions, and therefore are actually what makes us "feel" that we are who we believe we are.

So if I were given the brain of another, this would SEEM to predict that I would not be experiencing a life in the proverbial shoes of the other person, but the would be experiencing a life in a new foreign body, namely mine. I would be unaware of anything going on, and essentially be "gone" or dead. Furthermore, if I am completely incorrect, and a ghost-like soul hangs from the brain where it is intertwined with it in some way to produce the sensation of self to the observer, it would ultimately produce the same outcome, since the donor brain would have the donor's soul "attached". I don't think that very many would argue that such a soul would be in some way associated with the body instead of the brain, at least if the two were separated!

So I don't think that it is necessarily due to a lack of technology that the procedure can not be one day carried out, but instead the properties inherent in the way we are designed. The only possible way I could imagine one could "bypass this type of system" is to map every connection and other relevant part of the brain, then produce a new brain with the identical connections and composition. although this would present the problem of one person being able to live life as the same person and at the same time, only in two different bodies. But there are of course ways that this may be explained as possible.

Thanks for the interesting question!

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I guess it wouldn't really matter who's brain I got. It's cool to say I'd like Albert Einstein's brain because I'd love to see how he thought; how he viewed the world. The fact is once my own brain is gone, I am not going to be doing any analyzing. I still wouldn't know how Albert Einstein thought. I still wouldn't see what he saw.

So, basically, what you are asking is 'Who had such a great brain you would like them reincarnated in your body'.

Edit: If I could SHARE with someone so I could view the world through their eyes and still be conscious to understand it, I would choose Hippocrates. Though he is considered the father of modern medicine, so little is actually known about him. Most of what we know about Hippocrates is because others referenced him; not because of his own writings or words.

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I would like to get albert einstein's brain because of how he saw the world. he was a person who really saw things differently and approached life in a way that most of us would consider crazy or unconventional. However, I think his mathematical knowledge and dedication really open up a lot of insight into the "mysterious" and "universe". I think he knew more things than the average man could comprehend. And, If I could only see what he saw, - I think it would be amazing and would change my perspective on the world and possibly life itself. His theories of relativity, motion, and light really integrated a lot of common sense, yet mind boggling principle that help most of us understand the world today and why it works. So, thats all I really have to say about that.

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I would go for Michelle Obama's brain, assuming she would be willing to share:-). In addition to her incredible smarts and phenomenal poise, she is so centered. She knows who she is, what she wants and what is important. And, she takes B.S. from no one!

I could also go for Maya Angelou's brain. I have said for years that I would like to be her when I grow up ( I am 57:-). I put her second only because she has been through so much pain in her life and mine has been much of the same. I would like to try a brain without that baggage.
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If it?s possible to get a brain transplant, I would love to have Walt Disney's brain. I doubt his family would allow this, but he was such a wonderful person and a huge role model for me throughout my life. He inspired me in more than one way with his creations and amazing intellect. Having his brain would be such a wonderful experience and I'll be able to keep his spirit alive.

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Who's brain would I like to get? Nobody's! Where would mine go? I wouldn't be here anymore. I would look like me and sound like me, but it wouldn't be me. It would be a body snatching!

If you were to ask me which body I would like my brain transplanted to--I would have to consult with my husband on that one. I have absolutely no idea.

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