The fear of "human cloning" is essentially stupid and superstitious. We are made of flesh that follows the same biological rules, is made of the same atoms, as all the other animals. This is part of our heritage; the fear people have of it is perverse, and a sign of conspicuous failure to think things through. What the Big Deal? I recently read a story where the discovery that it is possible to clone goats led to warnings that technology involved could lead to the cloning of humans. Well, duh. Next thing you know, they'll be finding out about possible medications by studying the effects of chemicals on lab animals. I've read an article in Readers Digest that an specialist at Montreal McGill University, Margaret Somerville, was quoted as saying "Where I do have a major concern is that we do not transfer this technology to humans". That is not right. I believe it is inherently and morally wrong to clone humans. That is the big worry, she told Reuters. Why is this a big worry? whats the big deal? We've known for years that we are formed by the interactions of tiny little bits of DNA. Whats wrong with that? So far as I can tell, the argument against cloning goes like this. If we could clone people, we might do stupid or immoral things with this power. Okay!, so wheres the argument? If we could forge steel, we might do stupid or immoral things with this power. Its technology. Its our heritage. We are tool-using animals; this is a tool. Cloning means that some day you could maybe be your own organ donor. Thats good. Thats medicine we could benefit from it. I don't see anything "morally wrong" with there being clones of people. Why not? There are twins, should we kill them? Would it be bad if there were lots of duplicates of only a few people? Probably. So... lets not do that. Any objections? Okay. Were Animals Too Some people figure cloning of animals is okay, but not cloning of humans. Hey, guys. Guess what?. Were animals too. Are we special animals? Almost certainly; if nothing else, were the most advanced tool users on the planet. (At least, I assume we are lol.) Are we Gods greatest creations? I personally think so, although I have no real evidence. Does that mean were not animals? No. We are animals. We eat. We shit. We fuck. We make smaller animals similar to ourselves, which grow up and repeat the process. We die. We are subject to disease. We have fur, for crying out loud. We are animals, and there's nothing wrong with it. Trying to pretend that we can have special technologies which apply only to animals, and not to us, is stupid. Now, that doesn't mean we should all go get ourselves cloned. It means that we shouldn't just reject the idea of human cloning out of hand. It may be there are things it would be good for. Maybe someday, parents whose children are killed by freak diseases or accidents will be able to try again, even if they're no longer fertile. Maybe some day organ transplants will have a short waiting list for everyone. Its a complicated issue, and needs to be looked at frankly and rationally, not with superstitious fear. About this article This is a fairly young document of mine; I just wanted to put it up because I had some ideas and wanted to get them written down..
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