and lets even put aside the fact that some maniac might clone Hilter with
memory intact and stuff
You're missing my point here. Nobody can bring back Hitler with his
memories intact. It's not possible. It's not going to happen. It's not an
I'm not sure what you mean by "exactly the same". Genetically or mentally?
Okay, lets say we clone a human, and give it to a particular family
(perhaps they are infertile, they want a children, whatever the case maybe).
They seems to have an identity, but what is it? Is it the DNA that it comes
from? Or is it the family that adopt him/her?
Of course they have an identity, just like any normal person. The fact that
they have DNA identical to another person does not mean that they do not have
their own identity. Why should it? Are twins and triplets not individual
people because they share the same DNA?
If they don't find about that
they are being grow in a lab, that would be fine wouldn't it? Not really,
thing like this never stay long. What do you think you would feel if you know
you were a clone?
Test-tube babies are "grown in a lab" too. Does that make them less human?
Quite frankly, I wouldn't give a crap if I found out tomorrow that I was a
clone - or a test-tube baby, or the result of some bizarre alien lab
experiment. The way in which my body was conceived does not change who I am.
I don't think much of the perception that the human reproductive system is
somehow sacrosanct, and if you fiddle with it you get something less than
Perhaps in animal there is no such complexication, but in human, we have a
self-conscious and self awareness that could led to some disasterous
I don't think that many social problems will be caused by people finding out
that they're clones and being horribly scarred as a result. The problems will
arise because of frothing, ignorant fanatics who see clones as monsters.
Cloned people are likely to be hurt by the words and actions of such people.
That's not an argument against cloning people, though. Should interracial
couples not have children because in many parts of society such children are
seen as freaks? I don't think so. Neither should we not clone people
because society will be prejudiced against the clones. That's society's
problem, and the prejudice needs to be eliminated.
I didn't say we should
"banned" all human cloning, but we should be aware of all the implication and
problem that might arise from such issue. Precaution should be take for such
things, as human cloning could change the world. Perhaps I bit too causious,
but I think its a necessary step, as science grow more advance so quickly we
need to be aware of the implication of such technologies.
I agree that we need to consider the implications of human cloning carefully
before we do it. However, I think that you are overestimating the
implications by a very wide margin. Cloning is not going to bring an end to
civilisation as we know it.
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