Friday, November 03, 2017

The Trouble with Transporters

In Star Trek people are beamed from place to place using transporters (their molecules are converted into energy which is then beamed to another place where it is turned back into the original people), even though logic dictates that if so then people should not eat food, whereas in Star Trek they do eat food. The logic is as follows: When people eat they replace some of their molecules with ones from food, so that we can easily imagine that all their molecules are replaced, with the old ones being crapped out. If that crap was collected and its atoms rearranged into an exact copy of those people, then that would be just that: copies. So, if that is how things are, then transporters would kill people and create copies of them.