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March 22nd, 2004

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12:48 pm
OK, here's another question for you to ponder. Given an ideal living situation (i.e., you're able to provide support, etc.) would you rather

A) raise, single-parent, a natural child of your own, bred with someone else


B) raise, single-parent, an exact clone of yourself?

I expect this one to go about 95% in one direction and 5% in the other, but I'm very interested to see who's in that 5%...with me. The way I look at it, it's another chance to get me right, and I sure as hell think I'd benefit from one.

(11 points | Discuss)


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Date:March 22nd, 2004 11:32 am (UTC)
If I had to raise (hell, live with) a younger version of me, homicides would result. The former option is for me, ayup.
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Date:March 22nd, 2004 11:44 am (UTC)
My hope for my child-rearing skills is that I will nimbly avoid any mistakes or developmental deficiencies that I may have experienced growing up.

So by the time the clone was ten, I'd look upon this younger version of myself as everything I could have been...and I may up resenting him.

And since he's due to resent me anyway once he hits teenage years...

I guess I'll go with Option A, if only to keep the resentment to a bare minimum.
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Date:March 22nd, 2004 11:46 am (UTC)

I would rather not be a single parent, frankly. It's just really hard. But I'd rather be raising someone new than a clone. I think there'd be some weird sense of puppeteering going on or something. You'd actively be trying to present experiences opposite to the ones you had...and the results would be fascinating (I once thought it'd be a good idea for a movie), but ultimately, I think it'd be bizarre and creepy. Also, I don't think I'd really look at the kid as a person, but as a clone...so not really "human"...which sort of ups the, "What can I do to fuck with you?" factor (sort of like when I bought a Furbee). And I just get this sense that people would either begin to snuff out their clones as they got older or the clones would kill them--remember that Governator movie?

So I guess I'll opt for single parenting of an actual offspring.
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Date:March 22nd, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC)
Tell me again, why you would want to raise a clone of yourself?
[User Picture]
Date:March 22nd, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
I mean with more details...
[User Picture]
Date:March 22nd, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC)
And, how would it make a difference? A clone would not go through the same experiences as you, so, he would become a different person than you. a good/unrealistic example is futurama. That kid/clone is nothing like his ah, clone-father.
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Date:March 22nd, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC)
Not yet.
[User Picture]
Date:March 22nd, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
I posit that the choices are not different. A biological replica guarantees few, if any, behavioral similarities.

Also, if we know what is necessary to get ourselves "right", we're well advised to take advantage of the time we have. Or that's what I say when I've got my fingers in my ears and the voices speak to the Cubby.

So I'd take the "bred with someone else option" if for no other reason than coitus is required.

Now, for a fun side-winder, wouldn't it be amusing if you could produce a clone by auto-eroticism?

Think how many Hobies there would be.

[User Picture]
Date:March 22nd, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)
Think how many Hobies there would be.

Eh. We'd use them for parts.
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Date:March 23rd, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
wouldn't it be amusing if you could produce a clone by auto-eroticism?

You think we've got a population problem now.

The rise of the Internet and a population explosion would have gone hand-in-hand (so to speak).

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Date:March 22nd, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
C. None of the above.

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