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A Clone's Family Tree

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    Say I clone myself in the future. Should the clone (who is biologically just the same as I was when I was born) be considered my sibling or my son?
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    Neither, he would be your clone. Current family trees aren't designed with clones in mind and have no appropriate place for them.
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    Identical twins are thought of as siblings, so I'd be inclined to call the clone your brother.

    But then if you were the one raising the clone, you would be in a parental position, so... your son? Depends whether you raise them or not.
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    (Original post by stillgotlegs)
    Identical twins are thought of as siblings, so I'd be inclined to call the clone your brother.

    But then if you were the one raising the clone, you would be in a parental position, so... your son? Depends whether you raise them or not.
    But can't a clone I don't wind up raising come to think of me the same way one thinks of a parent who abandoned his child?
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    (Original post by viriol)
    Say I clone myself in the future. Should the clone (who is biologically just the same as I was when I was born) be considered my sibling or my son?
    I just think that would be considered Awesome...
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    (Original post by viriol)
    But can't a clone I don't wind up raising come to think of me the same way one thinks of a parent who abandoned his child?
    Yeah, it's interesting. Probably more like a parent them, seeing as you created them. There's some element of neglected responsibility there which wouldn't be true of a sibling.

    Would you be creating the clone, or just donating your genetic material to an evil mastermind?
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    (Original post by stillgotlegs)
    Yeah, it's interesting. Probably more like a parent them, seeing as you created them. There's some element of neglected responsibility there which wouldn't be true of a sibling.

    Would you be creating the clone, or just donating your genetic material to an evil mastermind?
    Haven't decided. Do warn me if you know of a willing evil mastermind, though (willing to pay, of course)!
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    The clone would essentially be you, so he would logically have the same space on the family tree as you.

    However if cloning ever becomes popular it's likely people would give clones their own spot on the tree to make them feel welcome.
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    (Original post by justanotherposter)
    The clone would essentially be you, so he would logically have the same space on the family tree as you.

    However if cloning ever becomes popular it's likely people would give clones their own spot on the tree to make them feel welcome.
    No, it would just have the same type of body. Biologically speaking, he would be the same as a twin of mine who had stopped in time. That's a long stretch to say he is the same as me.

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