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In Star Trek: the Original Series, does the original die in transportation?

As seen in the answers to In Star Trek, does the original die in teleportation?, transporter technology in The Next Generation reconstructs a person at their destination using, at least in part, their ...
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Has any Star Trek material had a serious in-universe discussion about the philosophy of transporter technology?

I was reading this question and it got me thinking. When someone gets transported, the original form is destroyed and either recreated or recycled into a new copy of it upon arrival. However, ...
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Which USS Voyager is the real USS Voyager?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Deadlock", the USS Voyager is duplicated by an anomaly. Which one of the Voyagers is the original and which one is the duplicate? Or are they both duplicates? Or are ...
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In the Star Trek universe, how do we know that the transporter didn't kill you and create a replicant? [duplicate]

One of the reasons I would personally never get in a transporter is that there is no evidence that the Real Me isn't just vaporized and a Copy Me created at the other location. The Copy Me might have ...
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When does a person's sense of self arrive when beamed?

At what point in time does a person's sense of self (or soul) arrive when using a transporter? Is there any time where a person would have no sense of self during transport?
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Why doesn't Starfleet transporter-copy priceless artifacts or important people?

In one episode of ST:TNG, a transporter incident creates two copies of Commander Riker. Why doesn't Starfleet (or anyone else, like the Romulans) use this to create copies of priceless historical ...
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What happens to the air in the area, when things are transported or replicated?

A fundamental law of physics is, in short, that two things cannot exist in the same space at the same time. This is easily demonstrated by dropping a relatively large mass, such as pasta noodles, ...
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Could Data have been reconstructed using the transporter at the end of Star Trek Nemesis?

In Lonely Among Us (TNG 1x07) Picard is beamed into an energy cloud as pure energy. More than an hour later the crew uses his stored pattern to reconstruct him from the energy. This had the effect of ...
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Why Did Scotty Not Go Insane?

On the question about the transporters in Star Trek on whether the original person dies in the transporter, I provided this answer based on the text of the Writer's Guide for the series Star Trek: The ...
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Do the Star Trek Transporters use Energy or Matter?

I read this article over on cracked.com, which says that the transporters convert the object/person into energy and then teleport that. As I recall though, it actually took that matter and "dissolved" ...
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Why can't transport be initialized when shields are up?

Throughout the Star Trek universe, when in battle or trying to protect the ship, persons not on the ship must wait till the threat has left for the ship to safely turn off its shields so transport ...
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What is the difference between the transporter and the replicator?

What (if anything) is the difference between how the replicator creates objects from a stored pattern and the way a transporter rematerializes a transported object? Put a different way, why can the ...