Archer Wrote:If it's reproduced perfectly, then even if the original is killed the whole point is that the "new" version would be indistinguishable from the original and thus, scientifically speaking, the same.
With a highly complex system like a living being, though, this would be so spectacularly difficult as to be effectively impossible for the forseeable future.
The question remains, what of the spark, essence, or soul? Whatever you want to call it, that "thing" that makes us smile, cry, that defines who we are, it is attached to our bodies in a very spiritual way, non-celluar way. If they can fax a human being can the same be said of the soul.