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April 27, 2008

EL 336 - Doctorow (82-206)

"Why bother with surgery when grow a clone, take a backup, and refresh a new body? Some poeple swapped corpuses just to get rid of a cold." (Doctorow p. 128-129)

This is kind of a question that people were asking when the whole idea of cloning became popular. Of course, it isn't anywhere near as readily available as Doctorow perceives it in this story. But it does leave an ethical kind of question. If you look at the examples in movies and other books where people decided to use clones in a "harvesting" kind of way, it makes this idea seem kind of sick. After this line of course, Julius goes on to describe the procedure with the HREF gun and it leaves him much less advanced.

Posted by RachelPrichard at April 27, 2008 2:44 PM


Cloning should definitely be a last resort for the sheer fact that the book demonstrates how it can be abused. I don't even really know if I can justify it for practical means. Can you even fathom the wastefulness of cloning? It would be like printing out a piece of paper, but the ink smears a little on the corner and you print another one because you can't deal with imperfection

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at April 27, 2008 4:43 PM

Cloning can be a good thing for our military, government, and any other federal control.I really do not see the need for wasteful spending.

Posted by: Jeremy Barrick at April 28, 2008 11:21 PM

I dont think cloning would really benifit the government, rather it would just perpetuate that war mentality. CCLCLCLlone WARRRSSSS

Posted by: DavidCristello at April 29, 2008 1:49 PM

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