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How Science Fiction Misrepresents Cloning

I just watched another science fiction show, and I am a bit more than just annoyed by how science fiction often misrepresents cloning… especially human cloning.

First, if a person is cloned, a full grown adult is NOT the immediate product on the cloning process. For a human being, the cloning process would only result in a human baby after 9 months. We would have to wait about 2 decades for the cloned human to become an adult, because there is no known way to accelerate the aging process. Cloning from an adult person will only create a child and not an adult immediately.

Second, a clone or a person who is a copy of someone else will not have any knowledge from the original person. This is because human memory is not transferable through genetic code or telepathy, even if two people share the same genetic code. Identical twins are a perfect example that people with the identical genetic code are not mentally linked and do not share memories.

Third, a cloned person is not inherently evil. This is the same logical that if there are two identical twins, then one twin must be good and the other twin evil. In reality, the upbringing and environment where and how children are brought up is the primary factors if a person has a tendency of being either good or bad. Being a copy of someone else does not influence anyone to a life of crime. A cloned person may attempt to emulate the desired characters of their genetic parent, since they could be identical in abilities and desires too. On the other hand, a human clone may rebel against any expectations of comparison with the original person just like any teenager would. Either way, being a genetic clone would not influence or cause a good or evil personality.

Fourth and finally, a cloned person does not automatically give their allegiance to whoever created them. If this was true, then all children will be loyal to their parents or whoever raised them. In actually, cloned children would rebel just as much as non-cloned children would and eventually seek independence from their parents.

As you can see, science fiction often misrepresents the true nature of human clones. I believe this is because of the need for a simple plot in science fiction stories. As a result, a lot of people may become afraid of human clones because of this misrepresentation. Therefore, this may lead to an illogical ban on human cloning.

by Phil for Humanity
on 05/29/2008

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