Cloning Humanity?

by alexandregarceau on September 4, 2013 - 12:00pm

 

 

 

Cloning Humanity?

 

Humans, the only intelligent civilization that we are aware of. As human being we can only be amazed be the progression that we, as advance species, have been experimented throughout our history. But what if there was a second copy of every one of us? Technology is now advanced enough to clone: mice, cats, sheeps, pigs and cows, and the only thing standing between human cloning is precious resources.

 

This article presents the recent advances in “cloning technology” and explains the pros and cons of scientific cloning on mice and what are the problems that could be faced for human cloning.

This article really affected me because I came to a conclusion that Scientifics are now starting “doubling” us. My fear about this is related to the “what if” that could occur if one day human cloning is possible. Society as we know it will be crushed. The clones will keep getting more advanced as technology advances with them. One day, humans will maybe be totally replaced by their clones. Employees complaining about the work done at their workplace could be easily replace by clones which won’t complain about it. For me, cloning is an insult of god’s work. Who knows, even the government might secretly use clones as high-trained soldiers for their country’s protection. Clones could change the entire economy of our world’s market. Of course, some people could think I’m jumping to fast towards the conclusion. But if you think about it seriously…Am I? This article will prove you that cloning is close to be achieved. After reading it, could someone tell me:I am the only thinking this way?

 

Comments

As soon as I hear about cloning I think about those science fiction movies where clones invade Earth and take control of our civilization; but the truth may be far from that. In fact, cloning may have some positive impacts on our society. For instance, we could use this technology to create new cells and organs in order to heal some diseases or restore certain organs. We could also use cloning to create food or plants in a totally different fashion. I think that even if, at first sight, this technology appears quite scary, it could have positive outcomes if it is well regulated and properly handle. For example, it should only be accessible to important research center and well-known organisations since it could go quickly out of hand and lead to serious problems. Finally, such technology also raises many questions such as: how ethical it is to “create life” and create “copies” of individuals? Aren’t we all unique, and isn’t that the beauty of life?

I strongly agree with your worries regarding the economy. We are already worried that machines will one day replace the human being, isn’t cloning adding to our stress? In a certain way it is. But, what if we look at the good side of the medal? We all know that a lot of people die every day because they couldn’t get a certain organ in time, the waiting list being way too long. What if we could clone those organs? I think saving thousands of people is worth a shot at cloning! When I look at the consequences that could come out of it, they are mostly good. Sure, at the beginning, the clones won’t be perfect but with the scientific progress we make each year, one day, cloned organs could be a solution. Thus, everyone has different values and a different perspective of life. I’m looking at it from the following values; technological advancement, health and family. Wouldn’t you like that one member of your family be saved because an organ was cloned? Wouldn’t you like to know that if you ever get sick, you could be helped because we have the technology required?

I think that cloning a whole human being could be very dangerous for everyone, especially when I look at the movies. On the other hand, I think it is worth a shot because it could save millions of lives! We have to be open-minded regarding the subject.

If one uses virtue ethics, and values life and health, they would be for human cloning since they would mainly be used to give an organ to a person in need and if there is a lack of compatible organs. Consequentialists that want to save lives will also agree with this since allowing this science to go on would save the highest number of lives. On the other hand, I would like to point out that when something is cloned, its clone has cells that have the genetical data or age as the original cells but still require to go through the process of birth, childhood, and so on. Thus there would always be an age gap between the original and clone. The clone would also live less and be more prone to diseases since it is made from older cells. Thus, a consequentialist that wants to do the maximum amount of money, like the ones you mentioned, would not go through the trouble of getting working clones since it would cost too much. Furthermore, that would be slavery and that’s morally wrong in today’s society, so many people would be for making this use illegal. Of course, seeing from the way people tend to think, would they see clones as humans or just as tools?

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