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Will a human clone have consciousness?

Consciousness = awareness of being aware. Many people may think of consciousness as the same thing as a soul.
So, what do you think?

7 COMMENTS

  1. Yes it will. In fact if it did I think it would raise new questions on the meaning of life, etc.
    Although I’m all out against or weary of human cloning, doing it a few times couldn’t hurt for experimentation as bad as that sounds. If a cloned human can think, act, talk like a normal human well I think it would be interesting to know.

  2. a clone is the same thing as an offspring. your clone would have a consciousness, same as your child.
    and consciousness is not the same thing as a soul, since we have a model for how consciousness works, while a soul belongs to philosophy and it’s more of an abstract concept.

  3. yes.
    As you said Consciousness = awareness of being aware and this is a process of the human brain. A clone would have all the organs,and functions as any other human because the genomic mixture (DNA) would produce the same proteins to do the same organs that carrier that same functions

  4. yes. they will be exactly the same as any other normal human. they will have all of the same things as a normal person its just they will be the same in looks and genetic disease susceptability. a clone is just a fertilised egg with the DNA removed and another persons DNA put in it.
    a clone will still need to develop in a womb and will be a baby at birth and grow the same way as a normally produced person.
    it has been done many times and is obvious in nature in such things as identical twins. they are essentially clones. same DNA. different people.

  5. We are told that no human beings have been cloned, so we really don’t have any empirical data in which to address the question. However, a true human clone is not the same as human twins, there is a significant difference in their embryogenesis. Additionally, with human cloning, the quantum nature of consciousness has to be taken into consideration, which is not the case with humans created by way of routine fertilization.
    Twin studies and quantum physics suggests that as a true human clone matures, they and their genomic donor will become one and the same consciousness; one and the same person essentically. This is likely to be the case. As such, humanity should be permitted to know the truth of this or not as, if true, it changes everything.
    People think they know what a true human clone would be like based upon what they think they know about twins and about common sense. However, we live in a universe based upon the governing laws of quantum physics. Quantum physics is a highly successful and well tested field theory that describes the minute nature of our universe and everything in it, including life itself. Quantum theory has been evaluated even more than Einstein’s famous field theory, General Relativity, and has never been wrong in its predictions. Additionally, how many times throughout history has common sense, in the face of science, been shown to be wrong? Lots. Humans should be cloned at least a few time and evaluated over a period of time. This is necessary in order to learn the truth. If our greatest fears play out, then we know to ban that technology, but ban it on knowledge, not some fear based superstition. Besides, I would be completely surprised if humans have not already been cloned and are in the process of being evaluated. There is a great deal about the nature of cloned humans that the church and the government would rather you didn’t have knowledge of.

  6. I don’t see why it wouldn’t. It’s true that the embryogenesis of a clone is different from that of a natural baby… but then again, so is in vitro fertilization. If we consider the soul, then we move away from science entirely – the soul has not been observed scientifically. That doesn’t mean that science has disproved it… just that it is incapable of commenting on it.
    If you do want to consider the soul, which version do you accept? Would a clone be a vessel for a reincarnated soul? Would one be gifted by God? Is a child essentially soulless – but goes on to grow and develop one through life? Which version would be the “right” one, and why would that be the case? Without data, it would boil down to belief, not science.
    The field of neuroscience is divided over this topic. There are two schools of thought: the materialists (that thought, personality, etc, is a product of the physical brain) and the dualists (that thought is, in part, rooted in something else intangible). The science points towards materialism – when the brain is altered (chemically, through small electrical shocks, or through brute-force damage), the changes in personality, memory, processing, etc are predictable and consistent. We haven’t found any aspect of personality that is “protected” or isolated from the physical mass of the brain.
    So, going with the evidence, the clone would still be biologically indistinguishable from a natural baby, so it’s logical to assume that the clone would have consciousness.
    I have to respectfully disagree with Bob D, though. Quantum consciousness has some serious problems with it – namely that the brain is too large and complex for quantum effects to be relevant. Plus, a clone isn’t an exact copy – it’s a new individual grown from the genetic material of the original. The clone would be no more linked (on a quantum level) to the original than would be the daughter cell that budded off from a yeast cell. To my knowledge, there haven’t been any peer-reviewed papers on the topic. The theory could be totally wrong, but it could also be spot-on accurate. It’s too soon to make real-world predictions though.

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