Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 279–286 | Cite as

Transformative change in Invasion of the Body Snatchers

  • Nicholas AgarEmail author
Scientific Contribution


Transformation is a memorable feature of some of the most iconic works of science fiction. These works feature characters who begin as humans and change into radically different kinds of being. This paper examines transformative change in the context of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers movies. I discuss how humans should approach the prospect of being body snatched. I argue that we shouldn’t welcome the transformation even if we are convinced that we will have very positive experiences as pod aliens. When considering a transformative change, it is appropriate to give priority to your pre-transformation attitudes to potential future experiences and achievements over your predicted post-transformation attitudes.


Transformative change Prudential rationality Invasion of the Body Snatchers 



I am grateful for the comments of two anonymous referees.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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