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Old April 12 2013, 02:02 PM   #123
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Re: Janeway's Decision to Kill Tuvix

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If your wife were sucked into your computer (bear with me) and suddenly the computer started claiming sentience and talking and saying it was alive and deserved life and that if you return it to being a computer and your wife you'll be commiting murder...you'd laugh and fire up the ol molecular separator without a moments hesitation.

It's exactly the same thing.

Bracing myself for the barrage of "What? No it isn't!" It is. It may be a bad analogy, but it is the same thing.
So suppose John and Larry died in a car accident and their organs were used to create a new person(bear with me) named Tom. So while Tom's happily living his life for weeks another mad doctor discovers how an anti-car crash cure but needs the organs back. So he decides to kill Tom to harvest his organs to revive John and Larry. Surely it's not murder, because Tom was different! And we know how bad that is in society, it's worth death sentences. Same thing.
I don't think it's the same since the organs are separate and Tom was not a complete fusion of two people. It would be wrong for them to just extract the heart and liver or whatnot and then you see Tom's dead body lying there, organless. I don't think the analogy is the same.

The computer analogy seems a little more plausible.

But honestly...let's say you and I were transporting somewhere...in a time period where transporters exist...and we became fused. At first we will recognize that it's wrong, that we are two people accidentally merged into one. But after time goes by, we start functioning as one. Then suddenly we don't want to be separated anymore because we became used to being one lifeform. However, the two people coexisting as one DO want to be separated. The voices and memories and thoughts are just too fused to say it.

If I got sucked into a computer and the computer started claiming sentience just because it contained my mind's thoughts and memories and whatnot...I would want them to separate us. Even if it wasn't a computer.

What if you became joined with your kid or your dad? It would just be weird.

Also again...it's TV...you can't just kill two main characters and substitute them with a fusion-man.
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