Cloning

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Cloning The most significant problem our world has with newfound controversies is that most people take one side on the issue before they become educated on the topic at hand. This is the same problem that I see with the controversial issue of cloning. Whether one argues for or against the cloning of humans or animals, most people leave out the ethics and morals behind the issue. People see movies like Multiplicity, starring Michael Keaton (a movie in which Michael Keaton clones himself multiple times in an attempt to make his life more enjoyable), and they think to themselves that cloning themselves might be pretty cool. A poll taken by CNN1 on the issue of cloning found that 7% of Americans would clone themselves. This shows us that 93% of Americans do see the problems behind cloning. But this also shows us that there are some people that need to be educated on the subject through the basis of facts, not some unrealistic movie. So many people argue that cloning could be used on animals for medical advancements and to solve such terrible problems as world hunger, but there are so many more factors behind this problem than just a lack of food. In an interview conducted by TIME magazine2, Daniel Callahan, Director of International Programs and Senior Associate at The Hastings Center states, “[Solving the problem of world hunger] would be wonderful if it could happen, but I’m not sure that cloning offers a solution to world hunger, most of which stems from political, rather that scientific reasons.” Not only this, but cloning should be seriously reconsidered because of technical problems (short and long-term) that may very well occur. This, coupled with scientists’ lack of full knowledge on the practice of cloning sho... ... middle of paper ... .... Should we as humans value knowledge as opposed to dignity and respect? Or should we begin to realize the importance of human experience as wonderfully complex and mysterious thing? If science gains control over our nature as a whole, such people as clones will just be a product and a prisoner of the scientific method of reasoning. Bibliography: Works Cited 2 Auerbach, Larry. “Ethics of Creation.” Time Online 15 Feb. 1997. . 3 Auerbach, Larry. “Sci-Fi Scenarios.” Time Online 15 Feb. 1997. . 4 Auerbach, Larry. “Sci-Fi Scenarios.” Time Online 15 Feb. 1997. . 5 Auerbach, Larry. “Sci-Fi Scenarios.” Time Online 15 Feb. 1997. . 6 Auerbach, Larry. “Sci-Fi Scenarios.” Time Online 15 Feb. 1997. . 1“Most Americans say cloning is wrong.” CNN Interactive 01 Mar. 1997. . 7 Wilmut, Ian. “Cloning 1-2-3.” Time Online 15 Feb. 1997. .

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