Monday, July 17, 2006

Scientists Say Clones would be Individuals

From the BBC:
A cloned human would probably consider themselves to be an individual, a study suggests.

What's odd about this is (a) the fact that anyone thought they needed a study to figure this out, and (b) the strange use of the word "probably". Did anybody really think that clones would be some kind of hive-mind, like the Borg?


Blogger RichM said...

I object to the use of the word "themselves" in the BBC quote. We non-clones are himselves and herselves and thus individuals grammatically.

Is "dividual" already a word? We could use that to refer to multiple persons sharing the same genetic endowment, such as clones and naturally identical twins, for circumstances when such a distinction might be useful.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Daryl McCullough said...

If dividual is a word, then wouldn't individual mean "not a dividual"? So whatever a dividual is, individuals are the opposite.

Maybe the Borg are dividuals.

10:26 PM  

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