Human Cloning: Four Fallacies and Their Legal Consequences

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-10-01
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Since Dolly the sheep was born, controversy has swirled around the technology of cloning. We recoil at the prospect of human copies, manufactured men and women, nefarious impersonators and resurrections of the dead. Such reactions have serious legal consequences: lawmakers have banned stem cell research along with the cloning of babies. But what if our minds have been playing tricks on us? What if everything we thought we knew about human cloning is rooted in intuition rather than fact? Human Cloning: Four Fallacies and Their Legal Consequences is a rollicking ride through science, psychology, and the law. Drawing on sources ranging from science fiction films to the Congressional Record, this book unmasks the role that psychological essentialism has played in bringing about cloning bans. It explains how hidden intuitions have caused conservatives and liberals to act contrary to their own most cherished ideals and values.

Table of Contents

The Science of Cloning
Animals born through cloning are ordinary members of their species
Animals born through cloning are unique individuals and have their own lifespans
Humans born through cloning will be unique individuals and have their own lifespans
The Cognitive Psychology of Cloning
Identity and essentialism
Artifacts and essentialism
Imposters and essentialism
Resurrection and essentialism
The Law of Cloning
Essentialism and the law of reproductive cloning
Essentialism and the law of research cloning
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