Hi, let me start by apologizing for my english (my mother language is french) and by saying hello as a new member of EP players community.
Like the title says, this post is less a question than a comprehension check.
It's about continuity, resleeving and backup.
When you resleeve, you can do it without the loss of your original neural influx (cf page 269 "Uploading-Resleeving Continuity".
"At the same time, this data is slowly copied to the new sleeve as nanobots rewire the sleeve’s brain structure (a much
slower process). As the transfer occurs, the nanobots in the brain sever individual neural connections and re-route them to their duplicates in the virtual brain, and then eventually to the new brain. By the time the nanobots sever the last of the neural connections in the old brain, the ego is running completely on the virtual brain and the new sleeve’s brain. Once the resleeving is completed, the virtual brain is shut down."
Thus, you don't create a new instance of the ego, you simply move it from one host to another, the previous host is brain dead because the neural connections have been severed gradually and rerouted and the new host now contain the same instance of the ego.
As I see things, instance is a key word. Because, to be truly immortal, you need to have a way to keep the same given instance of an ego going on. If you start from a back-up, you start a new instance of an ego thus even if you have the same personnality and the same memories you are de facto another consciousness. If the original neural influx is lost, then the given instance of the ego disappears too, the given instance of the ego dies. This reasoning is the same with forks. An alpha fork is a perfect copy of you, as if you were resleeved from a back up. If you agree that an alpha fork is another consciousness, totally free of the original though having all it's memries and personality, then, you agree that being reinstanciated is not immortality of the original ego.
Then, if my reasoning is not right and even in the case of uploading-resleeving continuity there is no ongoing of the original ego neural influx, then, there is absolutely no immortality in the EP universe, simply a sacrifice of the original ego to make a copy of himself living in his place.
My reasoning encompass also an ego being cold stored. At the time of the loss of the neural influx, the consciousness dies, the same goes when people who are brain dead, they have lost they neural influx, the little spark of electricity that make consciousness exist.
My true question is this one: What do you think about this? Did somebody else had the same reasoning about this subject as me? Is my reasoning lacking of something?
Thank you for having read my post. (And sorry again for my english.)