Do transporters, transport your soul?
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Join Date: Dec 2007
02-09-2011, 09:32 PM
Setting aside the matter of souls, the real question would be 'am I still the
that stepped onto that transporter pad?'.
The fact that transporter duplicates like Thomas Riker can exist within Star Trek canon suggests otherwise; they cannot both be the single individual that was involved in that transporter accident. Furthermore, if a transporter is capable of making a copy, regardless of the circumstances in which it occurred, than this would imply that making copies is all it does; it simply wouldn't be possible otherwise.
If it were simply a matter of moving an object from point A to point B, then there would not have been enough data/material/whatever to make two people out of one.
As someone else suggested, the transporter is like a fax machine; except it is one that discreetly destroys the original paper so folks are fooled into thinking the sheet has been crammed down the phone line somehow.
Needless to say, I would be visiting places by shuttle :p