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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

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Jeanne Hoffman
May 19, 2016 09:02
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And if the Reanima project succeeds, we will have to revise our concept of brain death and possibly the status of some patients.

The tougher, ethical question is whether this actually would help the deceased person, or assuming it works even bring about a new person.

For someone to survive, we are generally discontent with mere bodily survival, there has to be a person with some psychological continuity, too.

Exactly what kind of continuity is often glossed over in standard philosophical considerations about personal identity since these are more often concerned with the metaphysics of what is going on than the messy issues of radical personality change or brain damage.

In the best possible case, the proposed Reanima treatment would miraculously restore the previously-declared dead person.

Disrupting death is unlikely to be easy, but as author Seth Godin said: Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.

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