Psychological And Ideological Aspects Of Human Cloning

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The future of mankind may be changed by whether or not human cloning is successful. Human cloning is carried out by using the DNA present in the cells provided by one human being. The DNA from the donor is then chemically manipulated to function like a new human egg, which will mature into a human, assuming it survives. This is contrary to the natural process of human reproduction, in which two parents are involved. Human cloning used to reproduce is called reproductive cloning, and cloning used to restore limbs and organs is called therapeutic cloning. It is also possible to clone material objects such as food through cloning. Although human cloning presents many new opportunities for mankind, it is most probable to result in failure and deformed …show more content…
The clones produced through human cloning will feel subordinate because they are exact copies of the person from which they are cloned. In “Psychological and Ideological Aspects of Human Cloning: A Transition to a Transhumanist Psychology,” Morales dictates, “…human cloning presents a threat to our concepts of human identity and individuality.” Apart from the fact that a loss of identity is caused by the existence of someone who looks just like the clone, a child produced through cloning will feel as more of a laboratory experiment than an actual human being. Although reproductive cloning has a good purpose, the clones produced through such cloning will have to deal with the circumstance that they are genetically identical to only one of their parents and that they are not created in the same way as normal human beings. Albert Lin fears that a new form of human discrimination might arise from cloning. Contrary to this view, some people argue that human self-awareness is created by one’s uniqueness as opposed to one’s physical traits. In other words, a person’s perception of himself is based on more-or-less his personality. This is said to be proven by twins, who are almost physically and genetically identical (Brown). Most people do not confuse one twin for the other, and many people predict the same scenario to develop for identical clones. In fact, most twins feel close to their other twin (Robertson). Jason Brown states, “Identity is uniqueness, not sameness.” Even though identical twins are an excellent portrayal of what clones may behave like, it is not applicable to the case of cloning. Clones will be completely indistinguishable in every aspect. Also, it is most likely that clones will be raised in the same environment; thus, clones will have almost completely matching

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