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Scientists Worried that Human Brains Grown in Lab May be Sentient

By willywonka follow willywonka   2019 Oct 28, 7:23pm 120 views   11 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


Some neuroscientists working with lab-grown human “mini brains” worry they could be experiencing an endless horror, with a conscious existence with no body.

At least, that’s the warning that a group of Green Neuroscience Lab researchers plan to deliver during a national meeting for the Society for Neuroscience on Monday, according to The Guardian. While it’s never been demonstrated that a mini brain has become conscious or sentient, the researchers believe that the risk is too great to continue using them.

Mini brains give scientists the opportunity to study neurological development and conditions in something more human-like than an animal model. While they don’t approach the complexity of a human brain, scientists have been able to make increasingly-complex mini brains for their work.

“We’re already seeing activity in organoids that is reminiscent of biological activity in developing animals,” Elan Ohayon, the director of the Green Neuroscience Laboratory, told The Guardian.

It’s that progress that has the neuroscientists concerned.

“If there’s even a possibility of the organoid being sentient, we could be crossing that line,” said Ohayon. “We don’t want people doing research where there is potential for something to suffer.”

https://futurism.com/the-byte/scientists-worried-lab-grown-brains-sentient

1   Patrick   ignore (1)   2019 Oct 28, 7:25pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

My mom died of a brain tumor in 2008.

Doctors at NIH were hoping she would donate her brain.

She was worried about such things as in the OP, so she wanted to be cremated, and that's what we did.
2   Ceffer   ignore (4)   2019 Oct 28, 8:10pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Now they are bestowing victimhood to lab grown nerve organoids. Do they get their own pronouns?
3   Shaman   ignore (2)   2019 Oct 28, 10:00pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Are they male or female mini brains?
Can we use one to upgrade Adam Schiff?
4   Ceffer   ignore (4)   2019 Oct 28, 10:17pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Quigley says
Can we use one to upgrade Adam Schiff?

That would be inhumane and constitute nerve organoid abuse.
5   Misc   ignore (0)   2019 Oct 28, 11:19pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

So based on this line of thought, the entire scientific community should become pro-life.
6   Ceffer   ignore (4)   2019 Oct 29, 1:18am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Nerve organoids better not demand their own bathrooms, or it's 'hasta la vista' nerve organoids.
7   EBGuy   ignore (1)   2019 Oct 29, 1:20pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Scientist Donald Hoffman out of UC Irvine is one my favorite "unconventional thinkers". He starts with evolution and natural selection to build out his theory of conscious agents. Look at how uncomfortable Shermer is during the interview. At 1:00:00 Hoffman talks about how there are no testable theories to relate consciousness to brain activity.
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8   Ceffer   ignore (4)   2019 Oct 29, 1:59pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Shermer is just a smarmy oppositional defiant who managed to re-brand his personality disorder into a paying gig. It's a form of narcissism to draw attention to yourself by opposing everything and everybody in the room to assert a personal agenda. It has been demonstrated that Shermer's 'process' is irrational and arbitrary.
9   FortWayneIndiana   ignore (3)   2019 Oct 29, 2:04pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

imagine the human slavery that will be ushered in when humans can be created in labs efficiently? value of life will seize to exist, people will play god, and wipe out human race.
10   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2019 Oct 29, 2:10pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

FortWayneIndiana says
imagine the human slavery that will be ushered in when humans can be created in labs efficiently? value of life will seize to exist, people will play god, and wipe out human race.


Humans were seen as cattle throughout history. The masses serving at the whim of kings, no different than how a poultry farmer treats his chickens. Didn't need labs to create disposable humans or play God, plain old uteri work just fine. The idea of freedom for the masses is a recent Western Civilization concept.
11   willywonka   ignore (4)   2019 Oct 29, 3:41pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

FortWayneIndiana says
imagine the human slavery that will be ushered in when humans can be created in labs efficiently? value of life will seize to exist, people will play god, and wipe out human race.

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