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We Can Clone!
How do you feel about being human now?
We already know we can do the baby making previously assigned to sex by cloning, which, among other things, takes some fun out of the other ‘f word.’
Imagining that manufacturing a creature as complex as a human is out of reach massages hope that we are somehow greater than sheep. Really, were not. Difference shouldnt be confused with greater or better, even if, here, it almost always is.
The genetic differences between advanced species are slight, and cloning humans is within easy reach. But turning the controls over to politicians, known neither for refined ethics or intellectual horsepower, is like handing the faculty assignments over to the janitors at the university.
Except, of course, that janitors would have a more modest opinion of themselves.
We Can Clone! Now, What?
We could produce legions of humans, if we had anything for them to do. We dont need more farmhands, thats for sure, and the human inventory already on hand has less to keep them busy than at any time in history.
Marching out legions of engineered fetuses would be no more useful than a Look, Ma, no hands! exercise. Imagine the toll on community pride.
The need for factory workers isnt high, and after the few people willing to adopt a clone are satisfied, what would we do with them? Where would they go at Thanksgiving?
Procreation as we have it now is pretty efficient, if stubbornly imprecise, and often fun. Why waste it? But will the titillation of discovery undermine contemplation?
Like people consuming mounds of calories more than they need, should we just do it because we can? Whats the population equivalent of general obesity?
Maybe we could manufacture better people.
We Can Clone! Who Decides On The Product Specifications?
Better in what way? Curvier forms? Less inclined toward squandering mental resources on imponderables? Bluer eyes? And what happens the less desirable? You know, like the majority of us who came into being the old-fashioned way?
A bigger question in an age of decreasing democracy: Who decides?
A commission designed by the United Nations? Secret committees meeting in Asian capitals?
Science has given us questions for which we are almost comically unprepared to answer. We dont even have a method. Were so divided as a human community that one branch cant be counted on to coordinate with any of the others.
Religious considerations aside, an engineered human couldnt be consequentially different from one made the old-fashion way. Cells are cells, and molecules are molecules. Tweaked, genes are still genes.
We may make people who are smarter or less vulnerable to disease, but the framework cant change or were making something else, which we might also do.
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We Can Clone! Project Management
DNA knows only how to build a certain kind of building, even if improvements are made in the architecture or the air-conditioning is upgraded. We understand, however, much less about it than the professionals lead us to believe.
Genome projects stumble into surprises and will continue to. Ages of discovery are like that.
Are we prepared to power up the production lines when so little is known about the results? Hey, we already have. It may be economics instead of taste buds, but the truth is the same as with salty potato chips. One or even a limited quantity is impossible.
Dont imagine that those cloned farm animals arent first steps, and if youre soothed by the idea that the President of the United States put a big stop sign on human cloning, you probably also believe that network television is not all about the advertising.
No one involved, especially researchers in places far removed from Washington, is going to tell you the truth about whats being done or already has been done.
One day, the media will begin to percolate with managed stories about advances in research. Over months, maybe years, news will trickle out that humans, more than one, have been manufactured and have lived secretly in normal surroundings. Like some orphans, maybe the clones dont even know.
Decision-makers thought silence was kindest the cloned youngsters, allowing them to grow up like normal children. The good news, well be told, is that theyre just like us, after all, and there is nothing to fear. By then, some labs former bundle of petri dish joy will be obsessing over fears of acne.
We Can Clone! Prototype For Mismanaging The Future
Cloning I fished out as just a single example of future trends for which were not prepared. We can look at nutrition science, transportation, living environments, workplace automation and the manipulation of quantum energies among areas in which advances are rushing without public discussion.
Evolution didnt design us for environments without threats. As we become more capable of jumping from one place to the next at great speeds, we havent thought enough about the advantages and disadvantages of so many root-fracturing transitions.
For centuries, philosophers have argued that progress isnt irresistible or inevitably positive, but it does seem now that stretching the tether with which were attached to our cores must at some point create enough tension to snap us back.
If we have core selves, that is.
Its debatable, of course, so lets take a look at that in the next chapter.
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