In case you missed the obvious, I'm not an electron. There are atoms - they don't spontaneously cease to exist and be replaced one instant to the next - which form molecules - which also don't spontaneously cease to exist &c - which make up cells, bone structures and so forth in the body as a whole.
Yes, there is gradual attrition and replacement of individual elements.
The key being gradual.
IIRC, the fastest-replaced cells in the human body are in the stomach lining due to its inhospitable nature. We get a complete turnaround of stomach-lining cells in a week, apparently.
That's over the course of a week
. Not in an instant at 4:05:37.0134237 pm on Friday.
So about 1/7th of the cells in your stomach lining are replaced each day (which means, 6/7ths of them remain), which is 1/168th of the total in an hour or 1/10080th in a minute or 1/604800th in a second.
And brain cells are replaced even more slowly.
Taking your body as a whole, despite the frenetic turnover of your stomach lining cells, the majority of you
continues any given second. Taking the brain cells alone, the surviving majority is even greater.
That is "continuation".
Electrons, atoms and molecules may not have personality, but my neural network (of cells and molecules) as a whole
sure as hell does.
A mechanical duplicate of my brain is not a continuation of my neural network (nor, incidentally, is a reconstructed copy made by a theoretical Star Trek
A JW is a Jehovah's Witness, different from many other forms of Christianity in that they do not believe in an "Immortal Soul". Their belief is that when you die, you die.
If you are saved, JHVH will recreate you in an incorruptible form (not subject to death) and you will live as either one of the 144000 in heaven or as one of the rest on the New Earth.
They are quite happy to believe that a duplicate of them created some indeterminate number of years after their total cessation of existence is the same as them (personally) having eternal life.
I know this from extensive conversations with a number of them.
I don't agree with their beliefs, just as I do not believe that a copy of my neural network in a machine is a continuation of me - however, their belief is dependent on the duplication being done by an omnipotent deity, not by a fallible technician, so I cut them some slack.
edited 3rd Mar '14 6:45:15 PM by Wolf1066