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Offline SpaceShouldBeMilitarized

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« on: 13/11/2010 03:50:35 »
If we surgically remove the central nervous system, we would not have problems such as anxiety, anger, addiction, murder and wars.   


 

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« Reply #1 on: 13/11/2010 19:54:06 »
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If we surgically remove the central nervous system, we would not have problems such as anxiety, anger, addiction, murder and wars.
This is true. Or that pesky consciousness you hear so much about.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 13/11/2010 21:39:57 »
Or, indeed that dreadful sexually transmitted disease called life.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 13/11/2010 23:18:16 »
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Or, indeed that dreadful sexually transmitted disease called life.
We-ell, I thought that, but in theory with sufficient other interventions you could probably keep at least some cells alive for a while... for values of life that equate more to the sort of life you can associate with a bacterium, rather than with, say "getting a life", sure, but life within most reasonable scientific definitions, I think.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 14/11/2010 09:32:03 »
I wasn't kidding about the sexually transmitted bit. Without a lot of intervention, reproduction wouldn't happen and life would die out in 1 generation.
In the meantime you would still have a rather limited version of life. I'm not sure, but I think a plant might be a better analogy than a bacterium. Multicellular, but no nervous reflexes.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 14/11/2010 12:22:03 »
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I wasn't kidding about the sexually transmitted bit. Without a lot of intervention, reproduction wouldn't happen and life would die out in 1 generation.
Well indeed. But a lack of ability for sexual reproduction on an individual level (without significant intervention) doesn't make someone not alive. Ask (more or less) any woman over 60.
I'd agree about the plant..
 

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« Reply #6 on: 14/11/2010 18:50:47 »
There is more to life than reproduction, but in about 100 years time the effect would be the same.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 14/11/2010 22:33:43 »
Does the central nervous system include the brain or a ganglion?
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« Reply #8 on: 15/11/2010 06:56:45 »
It's the brain and the spinal column IIRC.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 15/11/2010 10:28:40 »
Anxiety, anger????

Murder and War???

Come to think of it... addiction?

Most addictions aren't even physical. Not to mention wars and murders are hardly caused by our central nervous system. When did anger get entangled into the nervous system?

I think the only credible part here is the anxiety, but what if it was a mental condition which caused the anxiety. In fact, I don't even know why I have gone this far. Without the nervous system, your body would not survive.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 15/11/2010 11:13:41 »
It would be hard to wage war if you were comatose...
 

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« Reply #11 on: 15/11/2010 11:38:44 »
It would be hard to wage war if you were comatose...

ah yes. A loophole.
 

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