• Question: is it possible to put a human mind into an animal?

    Asked by kelseyleightownend to Yee Whye, Valerie, Nick, Mackenzie, Lin, Jun, Jacob, Brian, Anna on 12 Nov 2019.
    • Photo: Lin Shuyu

      Lin Shuyu answered on 12 Nov 2019:

      Um, I think animals have their mind. I don’t know whether it’s possible to increase the level of intelligence of an animal to human level. This is an interesting question.

    • Photo: Mackenzie Graham

      Mackenzie Graham answered on 13 Nov 2019:

      Great question! It would be very difficult to take a human brain and put it in an animal body; we are just too different for the brain to survive. Some scientists are starting to grow other human organs inside of animals; these are called human-animal hybrids, or ‘chimeras’. One thing that they are worried about is if the human cells mix with the brain cells of the animals, we could get a pig or a mouse that is much smarter than a normal pig or mouse. This still probably wouldn’t be a human mind, but we might have to treat this hybrid-pig or hybrid-mouse differently.