>From: Stephen Clark <email@example.com>
>Subject: Dawkins on Dolly
>Date: Mon, 17 Mar 1997 10:19:46 +0000 (GMT)
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>For the record: several people who had been involved in the conversation
>which Dawkins is bleating about wrote to the Independent to say that
>the clerics concerned (and especially the rabbi concerned) had serious
>points to make which they had failed to express well (in the face of
>It is of course correct that a clone is no more `the same individual'
>as its source than twins are the same individual. The point is
>examined at length in C.J.Cherryh's brilliant novel *Cyteen*. It is
>also correct to say that such clones (like such twins or triplets or
>whatever) may turn out to have quite different characters and talents.
>But in that case what exactly is the point of cloning human beings? Why
>would anyone go to the trouble of so doing unless they believed that
>a clone would have the same talents and temperament? And what would it
>be like to have such a burden of expectation imposed on one? It's
>hard enough being an ordinary child of parents with Views about one's
>future. Being someone especially designed for a known end would be
>destructive of one's sense of self-worth.
>And even though, in reason and sound religion, a clone would be as
>much an individual human being as any, it is likely that those who
>created it, as an artefact, would also think of it as an artefact,
>not only to be judged (as above) by its success or failure at
>replicating the original, but to be treated as a tool in the hands
>See Oliver O'Donovan *Begotten or Made* (OUP) for intelligent discussion
>of some of the issues.
>The trouble with Dawkins is that he is so obsessed with the supposed
>stupidities of `the religious' (or indeed of anyone at all who does
>not instantly agree with him) that he never really listens to the
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