That seems like a case of different terminal values, not a matter of irrationality.

But the reason you can dispose of a failed sheep and not a failed human is (I assume) a legal matter as well as a moral matter.

That seems like a case of different terminal values, not a matter of irrationality.

It seems to me you're using "terminal values" here to mean "provisionally terminal values we'll have to work with for now because we aren't going to make much progress on morality without something like FAI". What you're literally claiming seems much too strong considering our current lack of understanding of morality (or what a "terminal value" is, for that matter). If you literally meant terminal values then I... have nothing to say, but if... (read more)

Ask LW: Why no reproductive human cloning?

by Will_Newsome 1 min read5th Jun 201122 comments


From what I can tell human cloning for the purpose of, ya know, actually cloning a person in the Dolly sense, is legal in many parts of the United States. It looks hard to pull off but without conceptual problems. Seems likely that after the first few clones are born there'll be a huge backlash and it will get banned forever. My impression is that whoever does it first would get a lot of money and tons of media attention that would be useful for getting funding for some other biotech venture. They'd get extra publicity if they put a eugenics spin on it too, which I haven't seen anyone talking about from my few Google searches. I also haven't seen anything about a combination of cloning and genome design/tweaking of various kinds, for research or for creating less-misoptimized humans; I'm not at all familiar with the science/tech there, is there a reason no one thinks it's promising? I can't find a decent blog that covers any of the related topics.

Who's familiar with this dormant technology and its social situation? Are there good blogs that cover it? What parts of the picture am I missing?