Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Economics professor Bryan Caplan is writing a new book, to be entitled “Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids”. And, as the following late-draft paragraph illustrates, he’s taking “selfish” to unprecedented levels:

I confess that I take anti-cloning arguments personally. Not only do they insult the identical twin sons I already have; they insult a son I hope I live to meet. Yes, I wish to clone myself and raise the baby as my son. Seriously. I want to experience the sublime bond I’m sure we’d share. I’m confident that he’d be delighted, too, because I would love to be raised by me. I’m not pushing others to clone themselves. I’m not asking anyone else to pay for my dream. I just want government to leave me and the cloning business alone. Is that too much to ask?

Rearing your genetic doppelganger, thus (in some, perhaps undefinable, sense) becoming your own father? This can only be described as “replicative reproduction”. Which is a nicer way of saying “the ultimate vanity project/God complex”…

Caplan is considering cutting this cloning-confession graf because it comes off as off-the-rails controversial, even factoring in the irrational opposition to any sort of reproductive technology. I agree. After all, it’s one thing to clone kittens; but sub in non-furry test subjects, and all the copycatting doesn’t look so cute anymore.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 04/20/2010 11:45 PM
Category: Science, Society
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