I read how to build a person by Justin Lieber. Justin Lieber is a professor atthe University of Houston, whom also writes science fiction. This selection,which was taken from his novel Beyond Rejection, is fictional and is based inthe future.
The story is set in the year 2112 in a Houston hospital. In thishospital they are brains on one person into the body of another. The storystarts with the hospital giving a class on how they are attempting to transplanta mind into a human body. The test subjects name was Sally Cudmus, and she hasbeen frozen in ice for two years. In this story they discuss the difficulties ofimplanting a brain into a body. They talk of the problems that would occur if amind was implanted into a body that was not its own. They say this ispossible due to the fact that the brain can adapt to major changes around itwith in days.
The example they give to show this is possible is one with reversegoggles. If a person puts on goggles that would make everything appear upsidedown the person would be disoriented. After a few day the subjects brain wouldadapt to these changes making what the goggles made upside down rights side up.If the goggles were then taken off everything again would seem upside down,until the brain once again adapted to this change.
In this story it is said thata mind is like a tape, and the only thing this tape needs is a body similar toits original to function. I do not agree with this because a brain is not likeany other organ that can be transplanted. A persons brain is dynamic in thatit functions with a particular person, and is one of a kind. No matter howsimilar the body types may be, a humans brain and thoughts can not betransferred to another body. In my opinion a persons brain would not adaptedto such a drastic change as a body switch. In the end the subject wakes upremembering who he once was.
After touching his new body he realizes he is nolonger in his original figure. The subject does not like this because his newbody was much different then his own. He no longer had a penis and his muscularfor he once had was gone. Also a tale like extension had grown from his spinalcord to his feet.
The subject realizes that he will no longer be who he oncewas, and is understandably discontent.Philosophy