[quote author=“Occam”]I guess I’m too much of a pragmatist to see the problem. First, I’d prefer to assume that the “Transporter” goes though, “reads”. every atom, converts it to energy, sends it to it’s destination then reconverts it back to the same atom it was
But this begs the question ...
[quote author=“Occam”] With that assumption, the person while disassembled then reassembled (in a few micro-seconds) would not even recognize any change in his body, only in his surroundings.
This also begs the question ... no doubt the new person would not recognize anything; the question is if that new person is identical to the old one or not.
[quote author=“Occam”] D-S, I don’t see where you can assume “a different consciousness” just because the original was destroyed and the identical copy formed. To me, it would be the same consciousness with only a microsecond gap, and a distance discontinuity.
You’ve misunderstood what I said. I didn’t assume anything. I pointed out that this was one possibility, not that it was necessarily the correct answer.
[quote author=“Occam”]As far as the malfunction (duplication) concept, I can imagine where I’d prefer it. Assume I had a lethal cancer. The doctor explains that there are two modes of chemo-therapy, one of surgery, and one of radiation. Each has a 25% chance of success. The doctor asks, “Which therapy would you prefer.”
I’d have myself transported three times without destroying the original then have a different form of therapy used on each of the “MEs”. And if two of them worked, well, that’s just the world’s benefit to have two of me around
But how is this different from you dying of cancer while your identical twin survives? I mean, it’s very nice for your twin, but OTOH you’re dead!
JUST TO BE CLEAR, I’m not necessarily endorsing either possible reading here; I view these as interesting brain twisters.