Now is the time to
vigorously contest human cloning
Panos Zavos, fertility specialist of the USA, and Severino Antinori,
Italian fertility specialist, announced in January that they would
embark on the first concerted effort to clone a human being. They
will work in Europe where there are no protective laws (“Experts
fume over human cloning bid”, Rick Weiss, the Washington Post).
# 1 Level of Objections to Human Cloning
Belief: Zavos, who has announced serious work on human cloning, said: “We
have a good understanding of all the failures with animal cloning.
We can quality-control embryos now and screen them and make sure
that there are no defective genes”
Answer: 1) Animal cloning is basically unsuccessful. 2) Serious problems
have occurred in all five cloned mammal species. 3) Defects in organ
structure, system functions and cosmetic appearances have brought
serious risks to surrogate mothers and early deaths to fetuses and
clones brought to full terms.
However many scientists suspect that there are major problems with
genetic “imprinting”, a poorly understood molecular mechanism
through which genes inside the sperm and egg cells are turned on
or off in preparation for early embryonic and fetal development.
This problem exists because clones are made from a single adult cell,
which is fused with an egg cell whose genes have been removed. There
is no test today capable of determining whether the cloned embryo’s
genes are properly imprinted, so it is possible to weed out embryos
that are doomed to develop abnormally.
# 2 Level of Objections to Human Cloning
Motivations of The Scientists Who encourage Human Cloning
Belief: Human cloning is the ultimate biological challenge to science.
After cloning mammals the next logical step is human cloning. Because
science has conquered much of physical environment why not create
life on its most complex level?
Answer: The human mind directed to scientific investigation must
have as its primary goal to discover facts and information that can
improve the world and all living things. The above motive comes from
linear, logical cognition with the lowest ego level of consciousness
that is devoid of wisdom.
Belief:.The motive is to create a human clone resistant to all diseases,
chemical and functional.
Answer:This is impossible on two bases: bacteria, viruses and fungi
that cause disaster are living organized substances that are also
changing. We have learned that as we improve vaccines, or as we improve
the human host by cloning its protection would be only temporary.
Most of the health disturbances are the result of life style choices
and genetic susceptibilities. There is growing evidence that the
greatest causes of disease and illness are functional disturbances
from life style. Therefore human cloning would be of no lasting value.
Belief: The motive is to create a perfect person by manipulating
the genes in a human clone. The desirable capacities would be multiplied
and the destructive ones eliminated. Theoretically possible?
Answer: Our human imperfections are our stimuli to change, to grow
and to improve our way of transacting in the world. The will and
choices which makes us human and from which we learn and evolve would
be theoretically absent in cloned humans. Ours is an actively involved
participation in the world. Theirs would be passive, unchallenging
and non-participatory. I ask you: what would it be like to live with
perfect humans? I do not believe I could successfully. They would
be like gross aliens to us - missing our basic life references.
#3 Level of Objections to Human Cloning
Moral, Ethical Problems
Moral and ethical errors of human cloning must be immediately and
vociferously condemned by theologists, philosophers and religious
leaders. Their long study of the moral and spiritual dictates humans
have created and perpetuated making possible their successful interactions
to create lasting societies are in direct conflict with human cloning.
Jaenisch of Whitehead Institute reminded us that we can dispose of
cloned abnormal animals, but by medical intervention we would keep
alive cloned abnormal humans who would without doubt suffer miserably.
He believes that to attempt human cloning is an outrageous criminal
Mystical, Spiritual Problems
I am a life scientist who has researched the biovibrations of existence
and the mystical spiritual nature of humanness. I believe that
human cloning will not succeed. Most of the world people accept
the existence of a soul. The question about animal’s soul
is more dubious. I can give scientific and clinical evidence for
the human soul. My opinion about animal souls, like other persons’,
is more subjective. I do believe animals have characteristics that
we attribute to a soul that I doubt has the profound human capabilities.
Most knowledgeable people who have studied the mystical level of
the soul believe it has substance in the form of organized energies
and memories of its human existence in other lifehoods. Verney’s
extensive studies indicated that the soul’s energy field
enters the growing embryo generally not at conception but before
the end of the first trimester. From my clinical work opening the
mind-field I concur about soul entrance into the embryo or fetus.
Sensitive mothers also experience the soul’s entry with changes
in the growing organism. Such information leads to the idea that
souls are not necessary at the beginning of cellular separation.
Probably this rudimentary cellular growth will be possible in human
cloning. However I and many others believe that the human soul
chooses to inhabit and make human of a growing embryo. Furthermore
the soul chooses its genetic background from a man and woman to
be its genetic parents. And it chooses its familial and cultural
environment with the belief that from that union and those circumstances
they as a human person will have opportunity to complete their
unfinished evolutionary growth. This is not the predestined aspect
of “karma” in its narrowest sense. Regardless of how
foreign these ideas may seem, those of us who assist people in
their spiritual, emotional and physical growth know that these
ideas started with ancient beliefs now subjected to scientific
scrutiny are the frontier understandings about humans.
So I ask the question: will a soul choose to inhabit a cloned human,
one in which cellular manipulation is part of the human brain which
computes basic responses to life? A soul is not on a cellular or
a gene level: it is on the divine level.
Imagine a soul accepting a fetus where the memory of experiences
is locked in on the cellular level from the donor. I see the experiences
of that soul in that organism as a confused catastrophe. How can
that new cloned human facilitate the unfinished business of the soul
in a perfect body, without fertile ground to grow and change?
I also believe it is impossible to clone a soul from a donor, and
seriously doubt that a new soul will ever accept a cloned human fetus.
There is sound evidence that human miscarriage occurs when there
is a defective organism. I believe that fetal growth does not continue
normally by genes alone. It needs the energy directive from a soul
to structure the mind to take over the fine finishing touches to
the human being.
With the human mind’s fantastic creation skills I believe
that scientists at some future date could theoretically with a degree
of success clone a human organism. They might be able to replace
defective genes with more perfect ones.Yet I abhor the motivations
that foster attempts at human cloning and the physical aberrations
and suffering which human cloning will create.
I adamantly condemn the moral and ethical destruction inevitable
with human cloning. But from the mystical-spiritual level I gather
hope for humanity. I believe that a cloned human without soul and
higher purpose will not live.
To me the eminent discussion of human cloning is a wake up alarm
for who we are and what we are about –to the conscious perfection
of the magnificent human organism and the refinement of the ultimate
I predict that over time the human cloning will be remembered as
a thought that shocked us to more rapid evolution. Historically it
will be recorder as a tiny wrinkle in advancing societies. Let us
be concerned and verbal without panic or threat. If one fraction
of the money it would take to seriously research human cloning and
a portion of the human energy and intellect to try to make it happen
were diligently directed to refine the magnificent human organism,
and the profound capacities of the human mind to sense the real world
and fully participate, it would exponentially change the world and
the human race – the goal our greatest philosophers have always
envisioned. Let us remember that the divine level of human existence
is in command and always will be in command.