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- n. Any surgery to repair nerve tissue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Surgical reunion of divided nerve-trunks and other forms of plastic surgery of the nerves.
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- n. plastic surgery of the nerves
Comparing drugs (and pre-pharmacological revolution ones at that) with neuroplasty is like comparing eye-liner to reconstructive surgery.
You'll see, I think, a similar, pattern of success and failure in neuroplasty as genuine medicine, and you'll see a similar pattern of quackery and dependence, with "treatment" creating problems where there were none before.
The deeper level of neuroplasty is left as a functionless technology.
If neuroplasty is better at curing pathological affective disorders than drugs, fair enough, but I doubt it'll actually be any less dissociating than the drug equivalents, where it focuses on inhibiting or compensating for chronic or acute conditions.
You're missing the core point of my distinction between trivial and radical neuroplasty, which is not to say such radical neuroplasty is essentially impossible, but rather to say that it is intrinsically functionless.
Neither can we assume that finding a function for radical, extreme neuroplasty (which you're conflating with the superficial dabbling we actually need (or want, rather) to achieve the sort of goals you base your argument on) will result in "PLANET OF THE TRANSHUMANS!!!"
Otherwise, you seem to be suggesting that there's 'nothing alarmingly new' in the spectre of neuroplasty - which couldn't be farther from the case.
Aside from your argument by analogy (neuroplasty = drugs) you really offer nothing else to suggest that this will be the operative mechanism.
I'll give you even money that one of the first instances of neuroplasty will be ex-gay therapy by Christian quacks, that it'll be used to treat "normalise" people in the wider culture far more than it will ever be used to "transcend humanity".
I see little intrinsic function to your radical neuroplasty other than novelty and shock value.
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