I will agree that the above method is acceptable.
anthonyvh wrote:No, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Because I'd be DEAD.
Funny, the guy standing there with all of your thoughts and all of your memories down to the finest detail, not only doesn't think you're dead, he thinks he's you. And there is no test that medical science can conceivably perform which would prove him wrong.
LtCmd.Lore wrote:Actually if it was a copy of me then it WOULD think I was dead. Because I think I'd die if I was transported that way.
clippo wrote:Jumping into this a little late. I hope you don't mind.
I've always been really irritated by this "beam me up" thing because it brings up so many interesting philosophical and physical questions, some of which have come up in this discussion. But these fascinating topics are totally ignored in the show.
Anyway, here's my main objection to the whole deal: It requires the scanner to not only record every particle of your body and it's relative location but also, since everything is in motion, it must record the direction and velocity of each particle's motion. Now anyone who has dabbled in quantum mechanics, and believe me that's all I am capable of, knows that you can define the location of a particle or its direction and velocity, but you cannot define both!
To me this takes the fun out of the whole enterprise. No pun intended.
That is, if we measured the velocities of the atoms in our brain and tried to replicate them accurately, it would be impossible to know their relative positions. And if we knew their positions, it would conversely be impossible to know their relative speeds.
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