View Single Post
Old May 17 2013, 01:44 AM   #25
Re: Would you use a transporter?

iguana_tonante wrote: View Post
Tiberius wrote: View Post
I don't see how you can say a person, or any object, that has been totally converted to energy all at once, then back to matter and reassembled the same thing, no matter how identical.
That makes no sense. If they are identical, then they are identical, which means there is no way to distinguish between the two.

If you disassemble a house, brick by brick, move it in another place, and they reassemble it without any loss of information, then it's the same house.
But that's not how the transporter works.

A better analogy would be that you disassemble the house brick by brick, get an expert sculptor to make exact duplicates of each brick, then put the duplicates back together and destroy the originals.

In the end, it all boils down if you believe there is some "ineffable" quality in matter that can't be measured, copied, or transported (even using "magical" technology as the transporter). Basically, if you believe in souls.
No, I'm just saying that an exact copy of me isn't me. If it was, it wouldn't be called a copy.
Tiberius is offline   Reply With Quote