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May 2016

The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-07-18 11:54
Subject: Benedict XVI attends mass?
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Sometimes, just sometimes, I find an article that makes me boggle: Clone 'would feel individuality'.

Good grief, how on earth could anyone imagine that a human clone wouldn't feel individuality? The thesis that they wouldn't is so obviously trivially disprovable that no serious scientist should spend more than half a millisecond considering it. A clone is no closer genetically to its cohort than identical twins are to each other. The only different the article can point out is that clones may be born longer apart (and with embryo freezing, even that's no longer a biggie). Yet twins are definitely individuals, and just as much so as any other sibling pairs.

(I speak as one with twin sisters, twin uncles and a triplet for an ex wife, though none identical.)


For our next research project: is water wet?
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User: liasbluestone
Date: 2006-07-18 11:23 (UTC)
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...Observation of the excretory habits of ursids...
(Nice little jolly to Canada there - wonder who might fund it?)

I thought exactly the same.
I think knowitall_teen would put it more succinctly, though. "Well, duh."
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User: knell
Date: 2006-07-18 11:36 (UTC)
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Any researcher out there at the moment will mutter darkly that it's much easier to get support for a project if there's the potential for a good press release in it. Hence the rash of silly-season stories about "Scientists find formula for true love!" with a bunch of impressive-looking maths.
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