Wednesday, March 28, 2001

Clones

Quacks on cloning. It's only a matter of time, I guess, before the first human clone makes the news. From MSNBC:
“Cloning may literally threaten the character of our human nature,” said Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who plans to introduce legislation this spring.
Rep. Clifford Stearns, R-Fla., went further: “It interferes with the natural order of things,” he said. “People have a right to their own genetic makeup, which should not be replicated.”

I'm really not keen on the idea of human cloning. The arguments being made (in Congress) against it though seem unpersuasive. What does "the natural order of things" even mean? I would think that, based on how you define "natural order" you could prove that every act of human will is against "the natural order" or every act is in compliance with it.
Will cloning cause or ease more suffering, the utilitarian part of me asks? The Kantian on my other shoulder suspects it's wrong regardless of results.

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