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Old May 20 2011, 02:23 PM   #10
HAL.9000
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Re: A philosophical question regarding transporter technology.

Sean Aaron wrote: View Post
scotpens wrote: View Post
A person is defined by his consciousness. The mind is the person. If you step onto a transporter pad and arrive at the other end with your personality, knowledge, experiences and memories intact, then it’s irrelevant whether the transporter simply “teleports” you or destroys your physical body and creates a new one. To-may-to, to-mah-to.
Yes, if (as seems to be the case) your consciousness is merely an electrical pattern, then provided sufficient error correction you would be totally unharmed and the same person.

If you believe your physical shell is inhabited by a non-replicable spirit then I suppose a brain-dead corpse would appear on the other end or worse your body possessed by an opportunistic demon from R'yleh or something worse!
Consciousness is really nothing more than electric brain activity. Remove the activity, you remove the consciousness. Sounds simple enough. But if it's so simple then why cant I swap my consciousness for yours. In other words...be YOU in YOUR body.

I think there is something unique about consciousness that science is of yet unaware of. It may be more than the sum of its parts.

Take identical twins for example. They are identical in all aspects. Yet they have seperate conciousness. They are not interchangeable. If a theoretical transporter is nothing more than a twin-machine, then there is a very good possibility that the original is destroyed...along with it's unique consciousness, and a duplicate produced, with an identical consciousness but not necessarily that of the original person. Heavy.
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