by Laura Nicole
Each week I will be analyzing an object from the Science Fiction and Fantasy world to project just how it would pan out in modern society.
Yes, I know this one is about 12 hours late, but sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in a day. I have had several requests to write about cloning and I decided last week that I was going to write about the topic. It figures that this is also the week where I really could use one.
So what are clones? Are they sentient beings or tools? Many movies and books have discussed cloning, but the one that I like best for this topic that shows both sides in a very well rounded story is “The Prestige” with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale.
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In the movie, two magicians have discovered a cloning device and use it for their magic show. One magician sees that the clone of himself is a sentient being, and the two of them lead separate lives and only come together for their performances or for their daughter that was conceived before the cloning. The other magician uses the clones for the performance and kills them shortly after.
We often think of clones when we need help to do something or another, but how would that make the clone feel if they are truly a duplicate of us.
Another option comes from Star Wars, where our DNA would be used to create multiple copies of us that would have a much faster maturation rate. Would this mean that they die faster too? Would their mental maturity match their physical maturity?
Personally, I would much rather have a clone that I could have reintegrate with me at night so I could share all of their experiences. The other point for that instance would be having to provide food, clothing, and shelter for another person. Yes it would help if one day I couldn’t go to work and they did, but on the whole I like the experiences I have from my life, as stressful as it can be sometimes.
I could just imagine some of the conversations that would come up if a rejoining of me and my clone didn’t happen.
Laura 1: I just got a text from Joe saying “You were amazing last night.”
Laura 2: Oh yea. (Big grin)
Laura 1: Dear God! What did you do??
Laura 2: I’ll never tell.