Friday, April 23, 2010

Albert Einstein Might Live Again; His Brain Has Been Preserved

There are definitely doubts about biological immortality. However, life itself is a mystery of its own, unraveling it might require longevity to reach a state of immortality. This is why the brain of Albert Einstein has been preserved.

Our disbelief in cryonics is visible, in the way our post-mortem brain is treated. It is buried with our body. Yet, it might be revived once progress and technology enables it. The post-mortem human brain is also but seldom donated to scientists for research purposes. However, organs belonging to famous icons are also preserved for possible resurrection.

Albert Einstein

The brain of Albert Einstein has been removed in 1955. It has since then been available for study. Based on an NPR report, the brain of Einstein was into more than 200 blocks enclosed by celloidin and safeguarded in formalin. However, it has since then been sectioned into many more parts. Moreover, the neurons of Einstein’s brain have been preserved as well as the neurons preserved nowadays.

Eventually, scientists are eager to study the brain of unique famous people such as Albert Einstein. The idea of considering a deceased individual as an object of science is subjective but fruitful to understand reasons for uniqueness.

Presumably, neuroscience is not yet advanced enough to understand the brain. Scientists are still unable to comprehend the brain. They do not know where particular memories are stored. It is only known that the mind is in the brain. The storing of the brain, assures the safeguard of the mind. It is by virtue possible that preserving the mind can make it possible to retain the life of an individual.

The legal definition of death pertaining to end of life might be wrong. In some cases it is considered as irreversible damage causing death but ‘irreversible’ is becoming questionable as treatments are improving. Another common definition of death is the cardiopulmonary-arrest one, which includes brain conditions. There is an encompassing definition that Ralph Merkle wrote being;

A person is dead according to the information theoretic criterion if their memories, personality, hopes, dreams, etc. have been destroyed in the information theoretic sense. That is, if the structures in the brain that encode memory and personality have been so disrupted that it is no longer possible in principle to restore them to an appropriate functional state then the person is dead. If the structures that encode memory and personality are sufficiently intact that inference of the memory and personality are feasible in principle, and therefore restoration to an appropriate functional state is likewise feasible in principle, then the person is not dead.

This particular definition of death gives us scope for resurrection. It establishes whether we can be brought back after our body has died. There are however not many who believe that future technology will one day be able to resuscitate people only by preserving their brain.

The possibility that our brain can in the unforeseeable future be reassembled. It is for those who believe in the feasibility of resuscitation that focus on “cryonics”. However, with only brain cells available highly complex mechanism will have to be used to clone and regenerate some cells to make the brain functional again.

The association of brain, mind and death is astounding. The whole philosophy is based on the possibility that the mind can stop assuming that the brain is preserved. The mind can thereafter be resumed and this will bring the individual’s mind back to life. Personality as well as memories should remain untouched through the process.

However, the future is gloomy for Albert Einstein’s brain. The manipulation and sectioning of his brain have irretrievably broken down the neural system of his personhood. Yet, as highlighted, it is not known whether this technology will spur in to common use within the centuries to come.

Biological immortality” and brain preservation are closely associated fields of study. It might be possible to both achieve biological immortality and thereby restore the mind into function. Albert Einstein is a scientist who provided substantial information during his living state and hopefully during his dormant (dead) state.


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