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Teleportation and Identity

I have often wondered what would happen to the self if we should ever invent the transporter. You know the one, ‘Beam me up Scotty’. Is it really the same me that materializes on the planet surface that was just on the transporter pad on the enterprise? The true self is spiritually described as the absence of content and since it is just the content that has been transported then the true self should be unaffected. Saying that I am not sure I would be ready to be beamed anywhere!

I did find an interesting article online about this topic and even though I disagree with their perspective, not to mention a misunderstanding of the buddha’s teachings, I wanted to share.

Here’s the link!