The body is essentially the powerhouse of the brain right?

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In summary, the conversation discusses the possibility of using robotic, non-biological bodies to power our brains by implanting electrodes and creating artificial organs. However, it is currently not possible to support the brain outside of the body and the body is more than just a machine for the brain, as the brain interacts with the body on many levels. The smallest unit of the body that can sustain life is cells, but in the future, technology may be able to replace organs and the immune response.
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The body is essentially the powerhouse of the brain right? Do you think we could use robotic- non-biological- bodies to power our brains? Because I keep on hearing about how people can have electrodes implanted in their brain that will allow them to see and hear and feel etc. And I read somewhere that they could make artifical organs and stuff
 
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I don't know exactly what you mean by the body powers the brain. If you meant each indavidual cell in the body powers the rest then yes.

Yes there are artificial organs, hearts legs, arms, hands, etc.
 
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What I mean is do you think we could make ourselves completely non-biological entities except for our brains? Do you think we could live inside robotic bodies? (Although we'd still need blood cells and stuff I guess)
 
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I can understand why you would term the body simply a machine that allows our brain to "go about its business". The brain by weight is a small percentage of the body as a whole, but consumes a considerable amount of oxygen and nutrients, thus it seems that every other organ is "working for" the brain. As to your question, while I can't rule out the possibility that at some point in the future this will be possible, at our current state of technology we cannot support the brain outside of the body. The view that is put forth in the beginning of this reply is really an oversimplification since the brain interacts with the body on many levels and requires feedback (endocrine signals for example) beyond simple life requirements like oxygen and nutrients.
 
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What is the simplest most degenerated state of body that one can survive? AKA what is the smallest systemal unit of body that can still be called alive.
 
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Cells are the smallest units of the body that can be called alive. You need all your organs in order to be able to sustain your health.
 
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Well for example the gall bladder (i think its that one) is expendable.. I am sure there's some more, right?
 
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That's true. And your heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, gastro-intestinal tract could all be replaced by technology in the future. You'd also have to take care of the immune response: the thymus, bone marrow, spleen and lymph node organs have important roles.
 

Related to The body is essentially the powerhouse of the brain right?

1. What does it mean that the body is essentially the powerhouse of the brain?

This phrase refers to the fact that the brain relies on the rest of the body to function properly. The body provides the brain with essential nutrients and oxygen, and also carries out the brain's commands through the nervous system.

2. How does the body support the brain's functions?

The body supplies the brain with oxygen and nutrients through the bloodstream. It also sends signals to the brain through the nervous system, allowing the brain to control the body's movements and functions.

3. Are there any specific organs or systems that are particularly important for supporting the brain?

Yes, the cardiovascular system is crucial for delivering oxygen and nutrients to the brain. The respiratory system also plays a vital role in providing oxygen, and the nervous system allows the brain to communicate with the rest of the body.

4. Can the brain function without the body?

No, the brain cannot survive without the body. It relies on the body for essential functions such as breathing, eating, and regulating body temperature. In fact, brain death is declared when the brain can no longer control these bodily functions.

5. How can we maintain a healthy brain-body connection?

To maintain a healthy brain-body connection, it is important to engage in regular physical activity, eat a balanced and nutritious diet, and get enough sleep. These habits help ensure that the body is able to provide the brain with the necessary support for optimal functioning.

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