Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
What confuses me is the notion that beheading Logan would kill him. Why?
Because the brain regulates the organs of the body, without it his whole system shuts down. It's not like he can regenerate a whole new head within a couple of minutes (yet).
The brain regulates, but the majority of our vital organs actually manage their own functions. Your brain isn't actively telling your liver to continue filtering blood, your liver is filtering blood as long as blood is flowing (and it is otherwise undamaged from injury or disease).
Realistically, the brain doesn't have much to do with the operation of the bodily organs. It makes sure they're working in tandem, but it doesn't make them work. It does directly control your heartbeat and your breathing, and circulating blood/oxygen is necessary for all bodily functions, but otherwise everything else is functioning because its natural state is to function (assuming blood flow).
And healing doesn't really depend on many body organs to function. The scope of what natural healing can do in a body is limited, of course, and a lot of the healing process in humans has more to do with keeping the rest of their body from breaking down while healing occurs. If you can keep blood pressure up, and you have nonstop transfusions, you can recover from any major wound that's causing blood loss (and nothing else). But if you can't keep blood pressure up, your organs will fail long before your body can close that wound.
So, realistically, all that should be required to kill Logan is to stop his circulation. Any severe enough injury to his heart or a major artery (or maybe multiple arteries) should be more than sufficient to cause his blood pressure to crash and cripple his healing capabilities. Thus, the only possible explanation for his healing factor is that his normal cells are equipped to regenerate in ways normal human cells don't at all (obvious, since he can heal without scars).
I guess the best way to think of it is that every one of his cells is a stem cell and somehow intrinsically tuned into his genetic map so as to know the location and type of cell it should become.
Also of note, the presence of adamantium shouldn't make beheading that much more difficult. The spine isn't a single bone, it's many bones linked by cartilage. Swipe a blade through that cartilage and poof, beheaded wolverine. They can't be connected, because he wouldn't be able to move if they were.
Anyone able to tell how bored I am?