A new thriller starring Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds explores the idea of transferring consciousness from one body to another. Unlike Freaky Friday, or the myriad of other family movies and comedies that have explored the idea, this one actually explores the science of the process.
In the movie Self/less, a rich business man (Kingsley) is dying of cancer. However, he is able to prolong his “self” by transferring his consciousness from one body to another. In the movie, this medical procedure is called “shedding.”
You may be wondering how such a far out concept can actually have any science to it. I wondered the same thing, so I asked a neuroscientist.