The press conference hall in the Research and Development Hospital is crowded with journalists and representatives of the press agencies, and correspondents of the TV and radio stations.  Everyone is waiting and anticipating in suspense and anxiety, and wishes that they would be the first to convey the news.  Some are engaged in side conversations and group talk and some are wandering without aim.  Some are preparing their cameras and equipment as they wait for the news of the great and amazing event.  There is no talk except about the new thrilling surgery that is about to be announced shortly.

Time passes and everyone is waiting.  Their eyes are focused on the place where the spokesperson of the hospital will enter and announce the interesting news.

Suddenly, commotion and chaos increases as the spokesman is about to enter the hall.  The cameras turned on and signals are been given.  The microphones are opened and everyone rushes to take their places as they got their papers, pens, and recorders ready.

Shortly afterwards, a tall middle aged man who was wearing neat clothes enters as he is followed by two doctors wearing their white coats.  One of them is bald with a white beard who seems to be in his sixties and has a frown on his face.  And the other is good-looking with thick hair and broad shoulders.  His face glows with a big smile and he looks optimistic.  The eyes of the attendants focus on the three men.  The first man steps forward to the microphones as one of the doctors stands to his right and the other to his left.  Then he clears his throat and says:

 

Spokesman:  I thank you for your presence today and I ask you to please take your seats so that I can read the following announcement that is issued by the Research and Development Hospital Center.

 

"The Research and Development Hospital Center announces that two hours ago, there was great success in conducting the first experimental surgery of its type in the whole world.  And that is, to transplant a human brain inside the head of a donkey.  This is considered to be a very great accomplishment in the field of experimental science.  It will enable the scientists to study the effects that will result from transplanting minds among the creatures.  It will pave the road for the possibility of transplanting brains between humans and what may follow that in opening great and wide horizons to treat diseases and save lives.  It will help strengthen the cognitive abilities, increase the level of intelligence, and treat cases of pathological and congenital mental retardation.  It will ensure the continuation of producing brilliant and scientific minds that are rare, even after the life of its body ended.  So long as it is possible to transfer it to other bodies, and so on.  Hence, the importance of the surgery which took place today becomes clear. 

The scientific project has been supervised by Dr. S (and he points to the doctor with the white beard standing on his right).  The person who headed the surgical team and successfully conducted surgery is Dr. T (he pointed to his left to the doctor smiling).  The donkey is currently in the intensive care unit and he is in stable condition.  We transplanted to this donkey the brain of Dr. W who is a professor of law and philosophy at University M and unfortunately passed away last night at the age of seventy.  This happened after a coma which continued on for more than one month, and after he stated in his will to perform this surgery using his brain after his death.  The doctors carried out his will and the hospital will issue daily reports about the condition of the donkey and its developments since we know that the whole world and public opinion is following this surgery with curiosity and interest to know the results.  The hospital administration extends its gratitude for your presence and promises you that it will always be at the forefront in the field of human research and study for the sake of the human interest and happiness.”

 

And now, we will answer your questions to the best of our ability and knowledge.  Dr. S and Dr. T will answer your inquiries as their time permits.  You may go ahead (he points to one of the attendees to pose his question).

 

Correspondent:  How long did the surgery take and did the donkey regain his consciousness from the anesthesia?

 

Spokesman:  The surgery took about 4 1/2 hours.  The donkey woke up and is now responding to stimulants, but he has not fully recovered from the anesthesia.

 

Another Journalist:  Why did you choose the donkey specifically over the rest of the other animals to perform this transplant surgery?  And was this selection based on certain characteristics or did you simply choose any donkey?

 

Spokesman:  I leave the answer of that question for Dr. S.  You may go ahead (gesturing to Dr. S).

 

Dr. S:  We chose the donkey over the other animals for a number of reasons.  It is a mammal like humans.  Also, its cranial space inside his skull is big enough to accommodate the human brain with additional empty space.  This facilitates performing the surgery and decreases complications in the future if the transplanted brain is swollen for any reason.  Furthermore, the brain of the donkey does not perform any mental or cognitive function.  Hence, replacing it with a human brain will make it easier to assess the results.  The response of a donkey's body to the presence of a thoughtful brain will be less complicated than the response of other animals like monkeys which have some degree of primitive thinking.  Therefore, it is not likely that the body of a donkey would reject the human brain which has been transplanted in it.  Or course, we did not choose any donkey because there were many conditions and specifications that have matched a number of donkeys.  We had to choose from among them based on biological, clinical, and laboratory criteria to choose the best donkey to undergo the surgery.

 

Same Journalist:  And what are these characteristics and conditions I wonder?

 

Dr. S:  First, the donkey should be very stupid and should have the least degree of intelligence among his fellow donkeys.  Second, he should have a big body and be in good health and be middle-aged so that it can stand the surgery.  Third, it should have an acceptable appearance and have some attractiveness to it so that it would be easier to accept it in the human society later on and study the effects of the surgery in its relationship with the humans.  Fourth, the donkey should be easy to be drive and easy to ride on so that it would be possible to direct and control him before, during, and after the surgery.  Fifth, its body should be ready to accept foreign bodies and not reject or resist them, and this is the most important characteristic.

 

Another Correspondent:  How much do you estimate the cost of whole project to be, and what are your future goals from behind it?

 

Dr. S: The costs are big, but it is not important in front of the expected and awaited results.  Regarding our future goals, as it came in the official report, this surgery will set the stage to many operations of transplanting brains between humans and the great benefits to humanity that will result consequently.  If we were able to conserve the brains of the scientists and thinkers and transfer it from one human to another, then the benefits of these brains will continue on and will not stop with the death of their bodies.  Just like it will be possible to save the lives of a number of sick people with malignant tumors and atrophies in the brain and those who are mentally retarded.  Also, if the surgery becomes successful, we will be able to have a new creature.  It is a donkey, but it has a human brain that is able to think.  This brain is not his of course, but it is transplanted in him.  Therefore, it is our brain.  By that, we will be able to control the body and willpower of the donkey and direct it as we please through the transplanted brain.  At that time, we will be able to deal with the donkey in a better and easier way, since he has a brain like ours.  He wouldn't need for example, for us to direct him when we ride him since he will have some level of thinking which will allow him to direct himself so long as he knows the destination.  He will be more capable of controlling other donkeys since he is like them but he has our mind.  He will be able to control, direct, and lead them, and this will save us time and effort and will protect us from their stupidity and sometimes their misunderstanding.  Hence, he will be prepared to take on the position of the presidency over the donkeys and he will be qualified to lead them.

 

Same Correspondent:  But what if the donkey rebelled against you or against your instruction or he argued with you, now that he has a human mind?  What will you do in that case and how will you overcome this problem if he urged his fellow donkeys to rebel against you?

 

Dr. S:  You are exaggerating in your fears, sir.  Don't forget that first and lastly, he is a donkey, even if he carried a human brain in his head.  So he will not be able to do so.  And if it happened, we can kill him and get rid of him in any time we want, and replace him with another donkey as there are many of them.  Of course, we'll choose those who fulfill the conditions and requirements.  As for the possibility of the donkey urging the other donkeys to rebel against us, you are forgetting sir that the others are only donkeys that have no human mind or even brains.  However, we manipulate and direct them as we please.  So there is no danger from them at all so long as they do not have human brains or minds.

 

Correspondent:  What are the surgical steps that have been performed today and did you face any technical difficulties during that procedure?

 

Spokesman:  Dr. M, who is the head of the surgical team that conducted the surgery will answer that question.

 

Dr. M: The surgery took place in three stages and we did not face any difficulties at all.  The surgical team worked in harmony and complete cooperation.  The first stage was to anesthetize the donkey so that it doesn’t feel what happens to him or around him.  This stage was easy especially since we kept him busy by stimulating his lower desires like food, sex, shelter, and comfort, etc.  After the donkey was anesthetized and lost his conscience under the influence of what we gave him and exposed him to, the second stage began which was opening the head of the donkey and getting rid of his original brain and completely detaching it from his body.  Then, the third and final stage started by placing the human brain in the head and connecting the main nerves and blood vessels to it, and that was the most complicated stage which required great effort from the team.  After all, the distribution of the nerves and blood circulation of the human brain differs from the brain of the donkey.  So we had to do some manipulations and changes to reshape and reform the brain until we come up with a form that fits the nature of the donkey’s head and guarantee at the same time that the new brain is able to carry out its function in the best way possible and have control over the rest of the donkey's body parts.  Thanks to God, we have succeeded in this mission after great time and effort.  So far, there have not been any side effects that would indicate rejection of the donkey's body to the human brain.  All the body parts work regularly, but it is a human regularity and not a donkey regularity.  For example, the number of heartbeats is now in the range of the human, and the temperature and blood pressure are all in terms of human standards, not the donkey standards which are totally different.  That is because the human brain is the one in control and the donkey's body simply responds to the orders and impulses coming from the brain that we transplanted in him.  Until now, this body did not show any signs of resistance or rejection to the new and foreign brain.  But we must wait until the donkey recovers and becomes totally conscious from the anesthesia so that we see if there will be any rejection or rebellion over the new brain.

 

Another Journalist: Are you currently giving the donkey any medications to prevent bodily rejection over his new brain?

 

Dr. M:  Currently no.  And I don't think that we will be in need of that because the donkey’s body accepts any foreign body and does not reject it.  Rather, it accommodates and adapts to it.  That's why we chose the donkey as the animal to transplant the human brain to.  And if necessary, we will give him temporary sedatives and painkillers to stimulate and satisfy his lower desires once again.  This way, any internal reaction to reject the foreign transplanted brain will end.  Every moment that passes by without rejection of the foreign body indicates more and more that the donkey's body has accepted and adapted well to the foreign brain.  After some time, we will be able to confirm to you that the donkey has entirely accommodated the foreign brain and his body does not feel or recognize that there is any foreign organ inside him.

 

Correspondent:  When the donkey recovers and becomes conscious, do you expect him to talk, behave, react, and think like humans, or what will the case be?

 

Dr. S:  We cannot judge at this point and we must wait and see.  However, in any case, we do not expect that the donkey talk like us.  Mere transplant of a human brain to a donkey will not make him human.  Not at all!  But we at the least expect that certain type of thoughts generate inside the head of the donkey as a result of the presence of a human brain inside him.  Especially when it is the mind of a thoughtful and knowledgeable professor!  These thoughts will show in the behavior of the donkey and will be reflected in his reactions, decisions, actions, and responses.  It is expected, for example, that the donkey will be more accepting to our human way of life and more understanding to what we want from him.  We expect him to be quick in carrying out our requests, more submissive to us and influenced by us, and more loyal to us since his internal thoughts that control him will be from the same type as ours.  His feelings and emotions will be with us and we do not expect more than that.  As for his body, wishes, lower desires, appearance, language, and most of his actions, it will stay in its donkey nature like any other donkey.  However, we do not know exactly what the picture will be except after three days at least, with the condition that the donkey's body does not reject the foreign brain.

 

Journalist:  If the surgery succeeds, will you consider repeating it with the other animals?

 

Dr. S:  Without a doubt, we will repeat it with other donkeys, then we will conduct it on many other animals.  This will guarantee our complete control on most all of the types, classes, and species in the animal kingdom.  When this surgery is successful and accomplishes its goals, as I explained to you earlier, we will conduct the same surgery on the monkey species.  We will have monkeys with human brains and thoughts, and guarantee it leadership in the world of monkeys.  By that, we will take control over this world and dedicate it to us and for our benefit.  In the same way, we will do so with dogs, lions, cows, horses, elephant, whales, and most of the animal kingdom.  We plant our thoughts and minds in some of them, and hence, guarantee their loyalty and obedience.  Then we will enable and elevate this selected group to have leadership over the rest of that animal species.  They will lead it according to our desires and enslave it to accomplish our goals and interests and at the same time protect us from their danger.  As you see, the results will be devastating and it will be absolute lordship of man over all other animals!  We may also be able to plant brain cells or human genes inside the bodies of insects, invertebrate, bacteria, algae, and viruses.  All of that is for the sake of accomplishing the goal itself.  How great will the human kingdom be on that day as all other living kingdoms will be enslaved through the leaders of this kingdoms who have received the human brain transplant and simultaneously received human thoughts that are strange to them but control them nevertheless!  This is our ambitious plan to control the animal kingdom.

 

Journalist:  What will you do with that donkey after the success of the operation?

 

Dr. S:  We will first assess its condition.  Then it will be put under 24hr surveillance and go through many condensed training programs so that we can help it to adapt with the new mind and thoughts.  The purpose of that is to ensure and guarantee the total control of the new mind on him and the accomplishment of our goals through him and his obedience and loyalty to us.  Also, to make sure that there are no signs of body rejection to the new mind and the transplanted thoughts.  After that, we will return him to his kingdom and fellow companions from the donkeys like him.  We will monitor his intermingling with them and their acceptance to him.  We will help him of course in distinguishing himself and rising among them.  At the right time, we will push him to preside over them and gain their confidence.  The mind we planted inside him will help him to accomplish that.  When he presides and has control over them and their herds, we will have accomplished our first step.  Through him, we can achieve what we want in the donkey nation and enslave all of them under our control!

 

Correspondent:  Do you think that this donkey alone will be able to achieve all of that?

 

Dr. S:  Of course not!  We will try to recruit other donkeys after conducting the same surgery to them, such that they become helpers to him.  They have to cooperate with him and work under his presidency.  From them, he will appoint ministers, managers, and officials to rule over the donkey kingdom.  Hence, through him and them, we will carry out our policies and plans in the donkey nation.

 

Journalist:  What if the donkey dies or became very old or his role ended?  Or suddenly, his body rejects his new min.  What will you do at that time?

 

Dr. S:  In all these conditions, he will be replaced immediately by one of the other donkeys who work closely with him and under him (whom we conducted the surgery in them previously and who has been trained and is able to carry out the mission).  We will enable him and facilitate the whole matter through the other donkeys that carry the transplanted human thoughts.  The new donkey president will be inaugurated immediately after the death, killing, or termination of role, or the revolt by our donkey who is the center of our discussion now and who is under intensive care, and who will become the next president if everything went on according to our plan.

 

Correspondent: But if the crowds in the donkey kingdom became aware of this plan and tactic, isn't it possible that they will revolt and lash out, and kill that new president as well as those who will take his post after him?

 

Dr. S:  Don't worry, sir. Once again, don’t forget that the folks in the kingdom are just mere donkeys who do not have human minds or thoughts.  They are not like us and will never become like us.  So why do you expect them to revolt?  Rather, we predict complete success of our plan.  And if the donkey president went away, we will immediately replace him with another donkey that has human transplanted thoughts.  The donkey folks will not feel any change and the whole matter will seem very natural.  They will obey and submit themselves to him and they will curse his predecessor donkey because they will think falsely that they will be in a new era and a better rule under the leadership of the new donkey president.  But the reality is that there is no difference between the predecessor donkey and the new donkey.

 

Journalist:  But how will you guarantee the control of the donkey president who works under your authority from those whom you have conducted the surgery.  How will you guarantee their power over the entire donkey folks?

 

Dr. S:  One of the primary duties of the donkey president after he assumes presidency, through our help of course, is to recruit a great number of donkeys from the kingdom to become his soldiers and security guards.  We will supply them with steel teeth, iron hooves, sharp canines, and strong horns.  We will train them to fight, strike without mercy, and we will build their muscles for them.  We will feed and raise them in a special way.  We will surround the donkey president and his regime with those oppressor and merciless donkeys to carry out his orders, protect him, and to terrorize the rest of the donkey folks.  Any donkey who even thinks of rebelling will be immediately kicked out, expelled, imprisoned, or even killed.  Or he will be deprived of his lower desires.  That will be enough to discipline and terrorize him and those who see what happens to him.  This way, the donkey president will guarantee the continuation of the regime and we will guarantee the continuation of our plan.  Hence, you see that the plan will be established mainly on the shoulders of those military donkeys.  They are the cornerstone and security valve of our plan and they will be chosen from donkeys that have no brain at all.  Neither transplanted nor even donkey minds!  Those who are captives only to their lower desires!  We will give them advantages and satisfy their lower desires as much as we can, for they are the ones who will protect the regime and guarantee the continuation of the donkey president in his position and his performance of his role in peace and without any disturbance.  They will be the ones to remove him, by our order, if he became deficient in playing his role, or rebelled, or became too old, or his role comes to any end.  They will be the ones who will bring the new donkey president who we will select to replace the old one, and they will enable him to take on his position, under our supervision.  As you see, the plan is perfect and calculated carefully.  It does not leave any room for coincidence and has encircled the donkeys from all sides.

 

Another Journalist:  Isn't there any possibility that the plan fails and the regime collapses?

 

Dr. S:  The only possibility and great danger is that the folks of the donkey kingdom change suddenly to humans who have thoughtful brains, think, and understand.  Hence, they revolt, rebel, and disrupt our plan.  As you see, this possibility is almost nil and its danger is too far.  So assure yourself sir, donkeys will remain donkeys, and we will continue to be the human lords as we use our minds and thoughts to enslave all donkeys and every animal that doesn't think or have a mind.  We are the masters in control and they are the donkeys and animals who are submissive followers!

 

Correspondent:  Permit me sir, to congratulate you on the great and fabulous plan and tactic.  However, don't you have pity on the folks of the donkey kingdom?

 

Dr. S:  Pity!  Why sir?  We were created as masters who have minds, while they were created simply as donkeys.  Their role is to serve us and our goals and interests.  We will feed them and establish advanced institutions for them.  We will introduce to them luxuries, modern recent technologies, schools, universities, and we will change their lives to the better.  So, they too will benefit, however, they should live under our control and all their resources should be under our service.  Every donkey of them should understand that we are the masters and that they are the servants.  They must continue to be so, so long as we are humans, and so long as they are donkeys, and so long as we think, and so long as they have no thinking.

 

Journalist:  One last question.  Will the donkey kingdom and its resources serve all humans? Or will it serve only a fraction of the human population?

 

Dr. S:  (he clears his throat) I will not answer your question, sir, because it is beyond my expertise.  However, I say to you that the one who made the plan and program, and who planned and carried it out…the results will be for his sake more than others.  Don’t forget sir, that the benefit for a group of humans will also benefit the rest of the humans to a lesser extent.  Don't also forget that every man gains depending on his ability to think, plan, act smart, and his continuous work and perseverance to achieve his goals.  It is okay for the majority to work for the sake of the minority, so long as this "minority" is part of the whole, and there is benefit for everyone in its elevation and dominance.