“Mind-Changers – II: The Basic Rules” / Memorable Fancies #1036

[The future: Transplanting minds from one living person to another is now possible. ]

     After experiments that resulted in several permanently lost minds, the following rules were applied to the relevant technologies and the firms that profited highly from them:

  1. No mind without a brain. The mind-gration must take place within 14.2 seconds or the mind, lacking a flesh and blood brain-host, will die.
  1. No brain without a mind. The result would be a zombie, autonomic processes only. But this is not sufficient to keep the organism alive more than a few hours.
  1. No brain occupied by more than one mind at a time. The conflicting mental processes quickly interfere with and disrupt life processes, and the brain and body both die, and mind-functions dissipate.
  1. When a brain dies, the mind in that brain also dies, unless migrated-out while there is still normal brain function.

One result of these conditions was the development of holding facilities (“vats”) for temporarily un-brained minds, and the growth of a new profession: Body-Sitters, those minds who have given up their own bodies and brains and live in the vats, minding the store until their body/brain combo is sold again, or rented out for special events such as parties of the rich and bored.

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THE PITCH

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