Could human cloning make us happy?
Ul. Seminaryjna 2,
62-200 Gniezno, Poland.
Med Wieku Rozwoj. 2001;5(1 Suppl 1):81-9.
ABSTRACTThe idea of making mankind happy by cloning is entertained only by who reduce anything alive first to "a self-organizing system of cells", then to "a set of elements" and finally to "the material for something". Such ontological blindness justifies all cases of manipulating what ever is alive including human life in its initial stages. From a biological point of view, cloning involves manipulating living genetic material. When judging this procedure, one must not solely consider the technical possibilities; we need to take into account the moral point of view as well. Tampering with genetic material - the human genome especially - is morally disputable as it distorts the values of natural biological order, which has not been created by man himself. The value of this natural order, and, in the case of man, human dignity - though invisible, unmeasurable, and unobservable at its beginning- constitutes the boundaries no scientist should transgress especially if he/she is a person with a moral conscience.Human cloning
Selecting potential children
Human therapeutic cloning
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis
'A life without pain? Hedonists take note'
Francis Galton and contemporary eugenics
Transhumanism (H+): toward a Brave New World?
and further reading
The Good Drug Guide
The Abolitionist Project
The Hedonistic Imperative
The Reproductive Revolution
MDMA: Utopian Pharmacology
Critique of Huxley's Brave New World