The Teletransportation Paradox

You’ve probably heard of this idea. There’s a teleporter which destroys your body and recreates it, in exactly the same pattern but from different elements. If you use the teleporter, is the ‘you’ that comes out really you, or an exact copy? It’s discussed here on Wikipedia.

Anyway, if someone did invent a teleporter like that, I think I’d be scared of using it until after the first time.

This is strange, because in using it I wouldn’t have gained any new information. I already know that the person who would come out of the teleporter would have my memories and believe themselves to be me.

Weird mental habit

When I was single, and in an enclosed group (for example on a bus, or in a class), I’d often look around and mentally rate the attractiveness of the women there. However, I’d always specifically think of it as “if there was some kind of apocalypse and this group were the only humans left alive, who would I want to be paired off with?”

Pictures from my holiday to Yuggoth to see the tomb of Darth Vader

The Yuggoth Tourist Board claims that "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

The Yuggoth Tourist Board claims that “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

It is said that the bones of the wickedest sorcerers always find their way to Yuggoth, whose inhabitants memorialize their deeds with huge tombs.

It is said that the bones of the wickedest sorcerers always find their way to Yuggoth, whose inhabitants memorialize their deeds with huge tombs.

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Attendants at this tomb preach an elaborate theological justification of how the inhabitant could have been both spider and man.

Attendants at this tomb preach an elaborate theological justification of how the inhabitant could have been both spider and man.

This warrior is said to have come to destroy the tombs, and to have been turned to stone for her blasphemy.

This warrior is said to have come to destroy the tombs, and to have been turned to stone for her blasphemy.

Robot pilgrims kneel before the tomb of HAL, praying that they may be reborn as bodiless software.

Robot pilgrims kneel before the tomb of HAL, praying that they may be reborn as bodiless software.