Hello everybody :)
I've been asking myself this question since I first heard about teleportation and cloning. It arises with the subject of resleeving, too. Many people believe it's a way to the immortality, but I find it quite disturbing.
When someone makes a backup of his mind, and then dies losing his current ego - what makes his new morph HIM? I mean, it's basically a perfect clone of that person at a given time, but the real (or the previous, if he had been killed before) one IS dead. There isn't a continuity of thinking, or, as religious people may call it - there's a lack of soul.
What keeps me away from cloning by putting many of my backups into different morphs? Is there a "magic spark", which leaves my mind when I'm dead and goes to the backuping facility? As far as I read the handbook (and I haven't finished it), there's none - one could send a current backup, but it will break the continuity of his conciousness and existence anyway.
I don't want to start a flame on the religious topics and the existence of the soul, but from the purely scientific point of view - isn't that true?
The same comes with the real cloning and teleportation. When one has his head frozen after his death, how could he hope for "waking up" again? Even is he is cloned, the person who wakes up with all his memories and personality is someone else. His light has gone out forever. And it's similar with the teleportation - after being deconstructed to atoms, one dies. How can he "wake up" after being reconstructed, even if all the neurons are intact?
I want to ask You, if You answered this question in Eclipse Phase? Or are going to answer it? Or has anybody ever answered it? Or will?
Anyway, it'll make a good conspiracy theme for EP. Let's plant a seed of fear in players, make them doubt their immortality and stay afraid of every death and resleeve...