If I teleport from Mars, does the original me get destroyed?


It might surprise you to learn that this is one of the burning questions that keep modern philosophers and ethicists awake at night. It all comes down to our idea of "self". 

If you were somehow able to make an exact copy of yourself -- all your genetic and epigenetic data (which, let's face it, has already been reduced to mathematics) plus all your memories and thoughts, and transfer all that into a new (read: younger, hotter) meat chassis -- would that new entity be you? And what do you do with the old "you" at that point? Take it out back and shoot it?

Would love to hear y'all's thoughts on this one, because it honestly vexes me a bit.


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