--- John Clark <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Michael S. Lorrey <email@example.com> Wrote:
> >so long as we all can't tell the difference that it doesn't
> matter. While I would like
> >reality to be as John describes, I have strong suspicions that
> it is not so
> So even though you can't tell the difference it does matter? How?
Just because I cannot predict the outcome of an experiment, is a
reason for caution.
That I could not tell the difference AFTER the experiment is no
guarantee that it worked the way I would have liked.
No one (for the purposes of the argument) doubts that the copy would
believe in its own continuity. But I still have to make up *my* mind
to go in at the sending end!
There is a fundamental discontinuity that is apparent to other
observers, the change in location (and possibly transmission time,
during which the transportee would be reduced to data, elementary
particles or whatever.)
Like Mr Lorrey, I would like to believe in transporters, I'm just not
sure I can.
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