A Question of Identity
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This paper examines the three types of identity- personal, brain and mind, and further argues that the mind is the one entity that separates humans from other species. In the case of the science fiction short story "The Meeting" it considers whether a brain transplant retains the original person or is the brain donor now simply in another body. A second scenario explores the dangers of a girl's brain transplanted into a boy's body- in any event, it becomes more a moral and ethical challenge than a scientific or medical one.
From the Paper:"One can think of the human body as a sort of gift box. Every box contains something of value. But, every thing inside the boxes is different, just as no two boxes are alike. But, if what is inside is just a brain, it is not as valuable as when the box contains a mind. The size of the box is not really important. The size of the brain may not be important, either. What is important is the mind. The mind is not just a by-product of the brain. The mind is what sets someone like Albert Einstein apart from Charles Manson. The identity of a mind can create a Holocaust or an atom bomb, or a cure for cancer. It is the mind identity that separates Man..."
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