Who Am I?

indexWikipediaHomo sapiens (Latin: “wise man”) is the binomial nomenclature (also known as the scientific name) for the human species. Homo is the human genus, which also includes Neanderthals and many other extinct species of hominid; H. sapiens is the only surviving species of the genus Homo. Modern humans are the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens, which differentiates them from what has been argued to be their direct ancestor, Homo sapiens idaltu. The ingenuity and adaptability of Homo sapiens has led to its becoming, arguably, the most influential species on the planet; it is for this reason that it is currently deemed of least concern on the IUCN.

How did Wiki conclude that our direct ancestor is Homo sapiens idaltu? Sounds like a convulated attempt to define what is a man. It really doesn’t matter. It doesn’t answer a much more profound question: Who am I? Many people in their journey in life would have come to a junction where we pause and ask this simple yet unanswerable enigma. Some eventually gave up, and carry on life as usual. Others found answers in the spiritual realms.

Physically, we accept that a person consist of at least a physical body and another invisible being. Some call this a soul, others a mind. Yet others think it is a spirit. The physical body is merely a “shell” housing this being. If so, the consequential question is: Is the body and the being one and the same, or two separate and distinct entities. If it is the latter, then the being can be incarnated into another body. Nobody is able to prove conclusively if this is possible. Only in spiritualism do we hear of a physical body being “possessed” by another being. In most instances, this possessing being is not of a human nature, but spirits or demons from another world. In necromancy, a departed being may be called by spiritualists to possess a physical body, albeit temporarily.

“In 1970, Robert White and his colleagues successfully transplanted the head of a rhesus monkey on the body of another one, whose head had simultaneously been removed. The monkey lived 8 days and was, by all measures, normal, having suffered no complications” (Surgical Neurology International ). Now, an Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero is attempting to perform a first ever head transplant on volunteer Valery Spiridonov who is suffering from a rare genetic muscle-wasting disorder.  in the 36 hours operation costing over $11 million this is what you can expect, according to RT News,

During the procedure, the patient’s brain will be cooled down to 10-15 degrees Celsius (50-60 Fahrenheit) to prolong the time the cells are able to survive without oxygen.

The body will be taken from a brain-dead but otherwise healthy donor.

An ultra-sharp scalpel will be used to cut through the spinal cord, and a special biological glue will be used to connect the head to the new body.

After the operation, Valery will be put into a coma for three to four weeks to prevent any movement. He will also be given immunosuppressants with the aim of preventing the body rejecting its new head.

A monkey did survive for a while in the head transplant operation in 1970. Fast forward half a century later, will medical and scientific marvels finally do the impossible? What happens when the operation is successful and Valery wakes up with his new body? Will it be Valery or some other being? Hitherto, it is still conjecture. A scary future awaits us.

Deuteronomy 18:10
There shall not be found among you any one thatmaketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or thatuseth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or aconsulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer


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