Okay - public vote: would you willingly step into a Star Trek transporter and allow yourself to be "beamed" somewhere? I don't intend this to get into a technical discussion of whether such is even possible; I'm looking at it from a philosophical point of view: would the "I" that steps out of the transporter at the other end be the same "I" that went in, for example? What if there was a technical problem and a duplicate you stepped out of both ends? Are they the same "you", which is the "real you", how can we tell? I don't necessarily want to restrict matters to just these questions, though. Personally, at least for the sake of this thread, I am undecided... I may flip-flop between the two camps until I have been through the experience once, as at that point the "me" that emerges will think it is the same "me" that went in, and thus will think the process safe, and thus continue to do it. But unless forced to go through the process, would I actually be willing that first time? After all, what is the "I" that it can survive what seems to be a destruction then recombination process? Is it merely a "pattern of activity" that produces the same "I" wherever it is copied? The floor is open.