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Old 04-13-2016, 11:28 PM
Trinopus Trinopus is offline
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Originally Posted by Czarcasm View Post
But that's only half of the entire question, though: The premise is that which is left behind is destroyed to make room for the new creation. Does the original lose all human rights if it is to be killed once the copy is made? Does the original lose all human rights if the original is to be killed before the copy is completed?
Every time this transporter question comes up in a thread I try to pose this question or a variation of it: If you claim that the transporter-created copy is, to all intents and purposes, you once it arrives at the intended destination, if there were a slight glitch and the original you weren't instantly dissipated during the original action would you be willing to to be taken off to a small room and be killed? No one who has claimed that the copy is just the same as the original has ever replied back.
Pardon me, but, yes, I have! Honest! I've participated vigorously in the last three "Star Trek Transporter" threads, and have answered your questions.

Anyway, FWIW, I'll answer again. But it's complicated.

If I went into the duplicator with the foreknowledge that I might be the one who has to agree to be destroyed, I might well accept that risk. I might take the 50-50 chance, and, once I've made that bargain, then, yeah, I'm willing to be destroyed. (May we presume that disintegration is instant and painless?)

I'd be cheesed if I hadn't agreed ahead of time, and some switcheroo were played on me. But if it's part of the deal, then, yeah, I'm good. I know that a perfect duplicate of me is out there doing business as usual. I know that duplicate is "really me" -- at least up to the point where our fates diverged.

Anyway, I'm answering your question, just to make absolutely sure you can't complain, "No one has ever answered this question." But I recommend that we not continue this discussion here, because it isn't GQ fodder, but IMHO mulch instead.