One of the topic in Brave new world is cloning. Do you thing this is a danger or a chance for our world?
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I'm not sure. Like most science, it will be what we make it. What I don't see is the reason for human cloing (which I presume is what we are discussing). We are reproducing at a satisfactory rate; if this were not the case, cloning would be a good idea. I don't think we should take up cloning to design "custom" children. Some of our most creative people would never have "been" if we wanted all "perfect" children.
Should we meddle with the "normal" process of creation? I think there are reasonable thing we can do (in vitro, for example) ... but if this is OK, why is cloing wrong? People once thought that vacinations were meddling with what God had in mind for us. Will we look at cloning the same way we looked at vaccines a long time ago?
I'm really not sure, but I think we should have serious and strict ethical and legal limits on what we do. Just because we CAN do things doesn't mean that we SHOULD.
Already great progress has been made in the area of cloning. Sheep have already been cloned, and cloning of human beings is already in the realm of possibilities within near future.
However the the impact of cloning on physical realities of human race as well as on thinking of individuals is difficult to conceive. I am am afraid, it may have a dehumanising effect on human beings.
We all want to have healthy, beautiful and intelligent children. But still we love our children irrespective of these qualities. I have been moved by love and devotion of many parents towards their mentally challenged and handicapped children. To me that love is very beautiful and just being a witness to that is a source of joy. I hope cloning will not take away from us that capacity love and accept without asking for anything in return.
I also hope that with the power of selection available to people they will not totally eliminate birth of geniuses like Vincent van Gogh, and Samuel Johnson.
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