Having spent a lot of time thinking about the philosophical implications of the setting recently, I was talking to a friend of mine last night who'll be participating in my upcoming campaign about how we would feel about the setting if we ourselves (as opposed to our characters) lived in it. I admitted that while I would perfectly down with AGIs, uplifts and the like, and likewise be non-religious just like now, I would probably be some stripe of bioconservative, because deep down I agree with the idea that an upload or backup of you is not really "you" in some deeper, qualitative sense. It *is* a perfect copy, so it is *you* in the sense that no one around you will ever know the difference, but as far as I'm concerned, as soon as you upload or egocast, the original you has effectively died, and what appears at the other end is a Xerox (in a way, this is similar to the "transporter problem" that many people have pointed out exists in Star Trek, but the important difference is that no one in Star Trek refuses to use transporters or points this problem out within the setting, whereas EP directly grapples with this issue from within the setting itself). Where do you stand on this? If you lived in the world of Eclipse Phase, would you be comfortable with uploading, egocasting, or other technologies that break your personal existential continuity?
—"I wonder if in some weird Freudian way, Kojak was sucking on his own head." - Steve Webster on Kojak's lollipop