Okay, so the first skeptic about the mind-switching in my story MindSlide is me.
Long ago, someone posted on a message board how he hated mind-switching stories because mind-switching can’t happen. I prefer to be as scientifically accurate as possible in my stories, but sometimes I have to fudge things. Often, I hope the fudging doesn’t become too much.
But for mind-switching, okay, it seems impossible, and as I studied the reasons why, my creative juices kicked in. How could I make the impossible just a little bit possible?
In general, the issue with mind-switching is that the thoughts, feelings, emotions and memories that make us uniquely individualized are in part determined by electrical neural impulses, chemical compositions and the folds of the brain. So simply saying you’re “switching minds” isn’t enough, when any two brains are going to be chemically and physically different enough to the point that any full-on mind-switch would seem impossible.
It’d be like successfully switching shoes between a woman who’s a size 4 and a guy like me who’s a size 11 extra wide. Yeah, the exchange can happen, but neither person is going far with the other’s shoes on their own feet.
Enter quantum entanglement.
I needed a way to pull off changing the electrical and chemical makeup of two minds so that the biological processes that constitute a mind could be moved to what essentially has to become a very similar brain as compared to the brain of origination. So one bit of technobabble later, I have my excuse to make this happen.
And since quantum physics has lots of weird, unexpected properties popping up, I figured that justified my twists later in the story.
So yeah, like I said, I give the science some thought. Maybe not brilliant thought, but thought nonetheless.

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