Push The Button wrote:
I have always understood the process as matter being converted to energy, then back to matter at the destination point. If it is your own original atoms being reassembled in another place, it isn't a copy of you, it is you.
If, on the other hand, the transporter is merely sending your "blueprint" somewhere, and you are being recreated out of the atoms on-hand at the destination point, that would be making a copy of you.
So in the case of Will and Tom Riker, how does one square this "original atoms" theory then?
Clearly it is not possible for both Will and Tom Riker to both come from the "original atoms" of the original Riker pre-transporter accident. One of the two or even both of them are created from "new" atoms as it were.