Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
Remember what I just said. The episode "Realm of Fear" proves that the transporter does not kill you. This is because we see that Barclay's consciousness is uninterrupted - from the moment he steps onto the pad until the end of the transport. And he even sees things while being transported.
Which, of course, is impossible if your body is dematerialized. Even if the consciousness can somehow exist for a split second while the brain is disintegrated and re-constituted, how can you see without eyes and optic nerves?
At any rate, if we accept the existence of transporters within Star Trek
's reality, it stands to reason that they'll never be 100 percent safe and reliable. Nothing is.