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Didier A. Depireux didier at rai.isr.umd.edu
Tue Dec 5 18:00:59 EST 2000

Richard Norman <rsnorman at mediaone.net> wrote:
> "y.k.y" <y.k.y at lycos.com> wrote in message
> news:90jeiu$9bt2 at imsp212.netvigator.com...
>> Im quite convinced that the brain can still think after
>> it is cut off from the body, put into serum and supplied
>> with O2, etc.

> There is a slight problem.  Once the brain is cut off from the body
> it becomes rather difficult to find out whether it is thinking or not.
> That is, you can ask it questions, but it tends not to answer back!

Llinas (NYU) had a preparation a few years ago wherein he took the brain
out of a chinchilla/guinea pig (don't remember which ) and kept it alive
for a while, doing recordings that showed that the brain was still quite


Didier A Depireux                              didier at isr.umd.edu
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