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sailingaround August 1st, 2015 11:08pm

A genetically identical human clone is artificially created, completely gestated in a lab, and "born" after 9 months. Does it have a soul?

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lethalsunshine hickory, nc
08/01/15 8:28 pm

I love this question, it makes me think! Thanks for posting it!

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susanr Colorado
08/01/15 8:19 pm

No, but only because I don't think humans have souls. My answer to religious folks who claim that clones wouldn't have souls is that I think they're underestimating the ability of their God to perceive the creation of a new human, & that he would

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susanr Colorado
08/01/15 8:19 pm

indeed provide a soul.

rstatesmen2 equally unfair to ALL
08/01/15 8:08 pm

Humans do not have souls. There is no hell for evil souls to go to. When we did we are worm food.😇😈

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gow488 Korea
08/01/15 5:56 pm

I don't believe in souls

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commonsense America isnt racist
08/01/15 4:29 pm

It's exactly like you, human. Soul? Sure.

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Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/01/15 4:13 pm

No. But I don't believe in the concept of souls in general

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Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/01/15 4:27 pm

Yes it is. You seem to be operating under the thought that a cloned animal would not have the same brain capacity as a non-cloned animal. Simply put, that's not the case. And yes, humans are animals.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/01/15 4:40 pm

No. Your clone would only be identical in terms of it's phenotype/genotype.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/01/15 4:40 pm

To be clear, I'm talking strictly in a biological sense, which I am a student of.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/01/15 4:42 pm

And to be even more clear, when I say phenotype, I am not including behavioral traits, as some geneticists do. As I established, I take the "nurture" side of the argument.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/01/15 4:49 pm

Are we making headway or are we still on separate pages? I'm still not sure how you're linking the concept of being in order to have individual consciousness, perhaps you could elaborate on that?

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/01/15 4:50 pm

*needing a soul in order to have individual consciousness.

Sorry bout that

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/01/15 4:54 pm

Ok well I agree with what you just said.... When I say I don't believe in the concept of a soul, what I meant was, when you die, you're dead and that's it... Usually when people talk about a soul, it's directly related to the concept of an afterlife

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/01/15 4:55 pm

So therefore, now that I understand you, my answer to this poll becomes yes....

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/01/15 5:02 pm

My apologies as well for this bit of miscommunication; clearly stemmed from my assumption that you were speaking from a religious standpoint and trying to tie that into science, which doesn't really compute in my head 😄

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/01/15 5:04 pm

That would be my opinion, yes. Genetics and bioengineering are not my specialties (I'm an organismal biologist), but from my understanding a clone of a human would be entirely their own fully-functioning individual 😘

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/01/15 5:06 pm

It would be great for the scientific community to be able to clone a human for research purposes, but that's where the religious community starts to really throw their hands up.

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
08/01/15 4:11 pm

No more or less of a soul than any other person has.

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