Thursday, July 09, 2015

Head Transplant

The core concept of the new movie Self/less is apparently not entirely improbable. An Italian laboratory plans to attempt the feat in the near future.

Readers of CS Lewis's That Hideous Strength may be reminded of the "character" of Alcasan, a head kept alive by technical means, awaiting new inhabitation. The effect was not pleasant.


james said...

I am wondering what side effects in the law there will be if the doctor is not found guilty of at least manslaughter. I'd guess it will be a large can of worms^H^H^H^H^H serpents.

jaed said...

If I remember correctly, Alcasan started off as a serial killer and went downhill from there. I'm not sure Lewis was commenting on the concept of body transplants so much as on what happens to evil people.

james said...

SF had/has a popular notion of immortal disembodied brains; I think he was directly addressing that: who knows what will be incarnated there?