What’s interesting are the comments. The commentors are a highly educated bunch, and they’re fixated on the teleportation angle, and they returned to the same point we’ve discussed: are you (1) transported whole, or (2) destroyed and recreated?
This is important, because if you’re destroyed and recreated, what happens to your soul? What happens to any non-physical aspects of your…being?
Without an assumption that thoughts are not bult on a physical base, we are still left with the problem of how to transport this no physical entity (someones soul?), something that I am not aware has been tackled by science.
The real question is …. Would you be happy to destroy yourself on the understanding that some new entity will be recreated at some time in the future that thinks it is you, and thinks exactly like you do?
Read the comments — it’s interesting how something straight out of science fiction like teleportation brings up some solidly religious and spiritual questions.
This is from a comment I made on my own post in 2005:
Being a Christian, I believe we have a spirit apart from the body and the physical brain. So I guess there’s a religious aspect. I don’t think you can “create” life, so you can’t just duplicate me in another spot. I may be a correct biological creature, but I would never be Deane.