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A thought experiment:

For the purposes of this experiment, imagine that the medical knowledge is available to perform this procedure.

Imagine you have two perfectly healthy individuals: Ben and Fred. For this experiment, the right hemisphere of their brains are removed. They are then placed into the other indivduals skulls, to replace their right hemisphere. Neurons are then stimulated, and make connections to connect the two hemispheres as normal.

After this procedure is completed, the two wake up.

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Who is who? What happened to the original entities of Ben and Fred? Do they still exist? Where are they?

What does this imply about their identities?
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A thought experiment:

For the purposes of this experiment, imagine that the medical knowledge is available to perform this procedure.

Imagine you have two perfectly healthy individuals: Ben and Fred. For this experiment, the right hemisphere of their brains are removed. They are then placed into the other indivduals skulls, to replace their right hemisphere. Neurons are then stimulated, and make connections to connect the two hemispheres as normal.

After this procedure is completed, the two wake up.

Now...

Who is who? What happened to the original entities of Ben and Fred? Do they still exist? Where are they?

What does this imply about their identities?
This is actually a really interesting question. I'll answer properly when I have more time, but what's your personal take on it?
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This is actually a really interesting question. I'll answer properly when I have more time, but what's your personal take on it?
Ill be honest, im not sure. I think serious emotional and psycological distress is a certainty. But we know from various neuological experiments that the brain has inventive ways of dealing with discrepency.

I dont think it would result in either subject feeling that they have someone else inside them, or that one personality would dominate the other.
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Considering neurons would never be attached, likely both would become different people, go insane etc.

Were that possible? People have dominant sides, usually left, so I guess they just develop different traits, but it's whoever owns the dominant side.

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