Aristotle: a Distinction Between Theoretical and Practical Knowledge. Essay

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Julie McDonald August 17, 2014 Cloning is defined in science as “the creation of a genetic copy of a sequence of DNA or of the entire genome of an organism.” (Devolder, Ch. 1) I would have to say it is hard to take a stand of being for or against however, I still believe that we should not clone humans because it is an act of playing “God” in several aspects. I really tried to be open minded on this topic by reading as much as I could on the reasons for and against cloning. I looked at the options science provides, taking a life or trying to replace a lost life, changing how you were created to be and lastly changing people into commodities and monetary gains. The first foundation of why cloning is an act of playing “God” is that science has created many ways to help men and women who have difficulties having babies using their existing sources i.e. eggs and sperm. I believe that if these options have not worked then perhaps other options like adoption or becoming foster parents would afford them the opportunity to start a family. Another way to explain this from my research is “that man starts with life and then attempts to replicate it; man doesn’t start with “nothing,” as God did.” (Newman) I can relate in the sense of trying to have patience and wait to have my chance to conceive and carry my own child, but I still wouldn’t choose cloning. I have already prepared myself, if I cannot conceive, to adopt or be a foster parent. The second foundation I discovered of why cloning is an act of playing “God” is based on the fact that man is choosing to create babies just to kill them for stem cell research. I realize the option is to help many ill people however, even with all the technology you cannot justify having an embryo fertilized and life started just to be terminated for research or to help one person. Taking one life, that just started growing, to

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