Dr. Joe Rosen at the Dartmouth Medical Centre believes that within five years he’ll be able to graft extra limbs such as wings and tails to humans. According to a Guardian Unlimited article “When we have a limb amputated, our neural map of that limb gradually fades away; and if we gain a body part, our neural map expands accordingly.” Rosen says “If I were to give you wings, you would develop, literally, a winged brain. Our bodies change our brains, and our brains are infinitely mouldable.”
Link (via Thumbmonkey).
Update: It appears that as of Spring 2007 Dr. Rosen is now more focused on facial reconstructive surgery than these more fringe pursuits.
Godammit. Somebody get on that research! I’m not letting wings, tails
and consentacles go the way of the flying car that easy dammit!
And before somebody mentions how “impractical” it is, let me say I do not give a shit. They probably could’ve fucking done it if they’d have actually pumped a substantial amount of R&D into it and all the major commercial attempts didn’t boil down to “LET’S PUT WINGS ON A CAR AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!”
I don’t care if it’s not technically a car, just I want my fucking civilian recreational aerial vehicle that doesn’t require a runway; extensive training or a dickton of paperwork every flight to use! IS THAT SO WRONG?!