I don't find anything wrong with cloning. Only concern I would have is when would cloning end? Say you could clone a human 100% guarantee it was going to live and be an exact copy. What happens if there are 5 of Emma Watson and one commits a crime? Do all 5 get arrested? How would you know who is who? I think cloning would be interesting and would be a breakthrough for us. But I don't think humans today can be responsible for it. Too much corruption, greed, self-interest etc etc...that's just my take on the topic.
It would be really easy to mark clones with a tattoo of some sort.
Think about identical twins - just give the clone a new name and it won't be a problem. As in the case of identical twins, appearing to be the same person doesn't mean that people will assume you are the same person.
Also, cloning, as it works right now, is a process that develops a cell into an embryo, not a fully adult person. So, if someone did (for some weird reason) clone himself, the clone would be a baby and there would be at least 20 or so years difference between their ages.
Cloning, as a technological tool, is more about recreating human organs and vital human parts for transplantation to save human lives, not to replicate human beings just for fun.
If cloning does become common-place though, you can expect that the government will have a way to deal with potential instances of clones playing the blame game.
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Why do you ask silly questions like this? First of all, if you clone someone, the clone would not be 100% the same as the original. Personality, memories, and behavior would not be identical. Secondly, the clone would be treated like a sibling, twin. If you have an identical twin, who commits a crime, do you get locked up with your identical twin? No, the twin gets held accountable. It would be absurd to lock up both people for the crime of one person. That is unless the other twin was some how involved in the crime.
You assume that personalities, memories and behavior are unique to an individual and can only be gained through experience - but what if these things turn out to actually be products of the biological make-up of your brain?
The simple fact of the matter is that our science isn't advanced enough to answer these questions yet, most likely specifically because we haven't delved deep enough into the science of cloning. :detective:
Memories, dreams, personality and "soul" are things that we do not yet understand...If I clone myself, however, and find that he grows up to have an entirely different personality and set of behaviors, then we'll have our answer.