Italian Neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero has been labeled a mad scientist for his outrageous plans to conduct the world’s first human head transplantation later this year.
Mad scientist Canavero is planning on conducting the world’s first head transplant in China, later this year. Initially, his plan as to perform the surgery on 31-year-old Valery Spiridonov, a man with Werdnig-Hoffmann disease. Canavero has since sent word to Spiridonov that he has been declined for the surgery. Instead, Canavero has selected a Chinese national instead. Reading between the lines, it is clear that there is no one in the western world who approves of his insane and scientifically unproven plans.
Fellow neurosurgeons have accused Canavero of being a scam artist, and the medical world’s version of Donald Trump. These experts state clearly, breaking down the scientific reasoning why Canavero’s venture into human head transplantation impossible. Simply stated, there is not a single shred of scientific evidence that this surgery will be successful. In fact, the scientific evidence suggests that this ambitious operation is doomed to failure.
Nevertheless, Canavero is on a fundraising mission and has become a darling of the media. A media that is more than happy to whip up the hype and frenzy associated with such an unbelievable claim. Canavero has even gone so far as giving a TED talk about his plans, wowing an audience with scientific terminology and explanations that any intelligent scientist can see through as a complete farce. So far, Canavero has not produced a single peer-reviewed paper to support the validity of his plans.
Canavero utilizes some pretty big words to wow the uneducated masses about his unscientific plans. During his TED talk, he had the audacity to quote Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” But no one is laughing; they are horrified that mad scientist Canavero is willing to murder a desperately ill and hopeful person for the sake of fame and an empty pipe dream.
Fancy names like GEMINI protocol and HEAVEN describe Canavero’s convoluted ideas about how he imagines he will succeed. He claims that every other neuroscientist doesn’t understand the spinal cord as expertly he does. Such a wild claim about himself should surely raise alarm bells.
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