Artificial organs are a trendy topic when it comes enhancing the human experience.
In this article, these kinds of organs are discussed in depth. First, their ability to lengthen human lives is discussed. Then the drawbacks of using these organs are considered followed by a discussion of other ways of extending human life.
What Are Artificial Organs?
Artificial organs can be engineered using a number of methods, though the exact mechanisms are still being researched.
The word “artificial” refers to the fact that these organs are not naturally generated through the human birthing process but synthetically created using the modes of science.
This terminology can even apply to parts of our body that are not traditionally considered organs, like bones and joints.
These kinds of organs must be sustainable in order to be a called a true artificial organ. For example, a device that keeps someone’s heart beating would not be considered one of these organs since it must be connected to a power supply and frequently monitored.
Artificial organs range from pure technological devices to pure anatomical structures.
For example, prosthetic limbs could be considered artificial because they utilize resources extracted from the earth rather than the human body. On the other end of the spectrum, scientists have been able to create a functional human heart tissue using adult skin cells. A whole, functional human heart has yet to be created, though many experts think this will happen soon.
Furthermore, some people consider transplanted organs to be artificial since they come from a foreign human body. Transplanted organs are the main way that people with defective organs are able to continue living. Yet, this procedure can also cause health complications. Also, the supply of transplanted organs is low compared to the demand for transplanted organs.
Lastly, some people consider organ enhancements to be artificial. For instance, a contact could be considered to be part of the organ of the eye. Yet, these contacts are created in a lab, not the human body, making them artificial.
How Artificial Organs Lengthen Life
One proposed way of creating these kinds of organs is through stem cells.
Stem cells are an undifferentiated kind of cell that allows scientists to specialize their eventual function. They can be extracted from embryo’s or adult tissues and then used in a number of ways.
Researchers are trying to figure out how to use these ideal cells to grow perfect human organs. This would allow scientists to replace a defective organ without a perfectly compatible, functioning organ.
Death is often caused by malfunctioning organs. The top cause of global death is heart disease, followed by stroke and pulmonary disease. What this means is that many people would benefit from getting a heart, brain, or lung transplant.
This doesn’t have to be total replacement. Instead, it could be a replacement of some compromised part of the organ.
Furthermore, many researchers are trying to understand the connection between stress and health. Yet, many people already understand this connection on an intuitive level. Stress hijacks our body’s energy, preventing it from keeping us healthy and well-functioning.
In this sense, artificial organs can reduce our stress levels, as these advancements would reassure us that most maladies could be rectified. This, in turn, would make us healthier beings capable of living longer lives.
These artificial structures could also provide someone with a new level of energy that could lead to increased happiness and health.
For example, imagine someone who can’t run marathons due to a defective heart. Yet, an artificial heart could allow this person to blossom into a high-performing athlete, which could lead to greater vitality.
The Drawbacks of Using Artificial Organs
Even though these kinds of organs are lauded as next the revolution in medicine, there are some drawbacks that are worth noting.
First, just as organ transplants are sometimes rejected by the patient’s body, artificial organs might also be rejected by the patient’s body. Even if science determines these organs to be very safe and reliable, each body is unique and could require a very particular kind of organ.
Thus, each time these kinds of organs are used, there would be an inherent risk involved. Using these organs could even create more health complications for the person using them, which would be counterintuitive to their purpose.
Preventing You from Being Healthy
Additionally, using these kinds of organs could prevent someone from living a healthy life, as that person might assume that any health problems that arise could be solved by these organs. Yet, these unhealthy practices could impact other people and the environment.
For example, imagine someone who smokes cigarettes every day because they anticipate using an artificial lung when their current lungs break down. Yet, second hand smoke from cigarettes could negatively impact the health of surrounding people who breathe in this smoke.
Not to mention, this smoke could impact more than the person’s lungs, like their mental health or their digestive system. Artificial structures might not address these issues.
Additionally, consider someone who eats unhealthy foods their entire life because they are relying on these kinds of organs. For example, someone might eat tons of bacon every day because they think artificial structures will save their life in the future.
Yet, this practice would support animal agriculture, which is one of the leading contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions lead to global warming, which could lead to the extinction of the human species.
In this sense, artificial structures could actually be counterintuitive. Instead of extending the life of some humans, these organs could actually wipe out all humans on the planet.
Lastly, some people have claimed that lengthening life might not even be desirable. The idea that longer life is always a good thing is an illusion that is connected to the fear of death. In reality, death is a mystery and could turn out to be a very positive thing. No one really knows.
Other Ways of Extending Human Life
Many people don’t realize that there are numerous ways to extend human life that don’t rely on artificial structures.
One of the best ways is to purify your diet. Each human is composed of many cells which are dyeing and regenerating every day. Thus, even though humans maintain a relatively consistent identity throughout their life, their actual body is constantly in flux.
This body is a function of the food that is put into it. In this sense, humans are literally what they eat. The foods that humans eat become their future selves.
Thus, if you want to live as long as possible, you should feed yourself food that is as alive and vibrant as possible. This typically means tons of fresh fruits and vegetables that are organically produced and locally sourced.
On the other hand, if you want to shorten your life, you should feed yourself dead food that has been stripped of its vitality. This typically means animal flesh that has been cut from a slaughtered animal and then torched in an oven or on a stovetop. This is a surefire way of stripping this food of nutrition and vitality. The eater will then inherit this lack of vitality.
Another way of extending human life is to follow your bliss. When humans do this, they minimize their stress levels.
Stress can lead to poor decision making, such as choosing unhealthy foods. It can also overburden the body and make it difficult to digest the foods you just ate, as there is not enough energy to properly digest both the stress and the foods.
When you follow your bliss, you rarely have to worry about poor decision making or indigestion. This will lead to a longer lifespan.
Final Thoughts on Artificial Structures
As you can see, artificial structures are still shrouded in mystery.
While these organs might seem magical and ideal, they might also lead to health complications that damage the planet.
Some people even think that life is purely a self-fulfilling prophecy. According to this belief, if humans funnel their resources into creating artificial structures, then they will inevitably need to use them. In this sense, artificial structures might create poor health in the human population.
Yet, if humans trust that life is perfect as it is and needs no artificial lengthening, then perhaps this faith will actually result in long, joyous lives free from disease.