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    May 12 2013: You mean artificial human cloning, because human clones in the form of identical twins are commonplace. Artificial and asexual human cloning is very technically possible, I think. By today's technology one can have a human clone fairly easily.
    Whether it has been done already (secretively) is a matter of speculation.
  • May 12 2013: I would not be surprised in the least if human cloning has already been achieved. No doubt the military will find a use no matter what the law says.
  • May 12 2013: Before the Cultural Revolution a Chinese researcher admitted impregnating a chimp with human semen. Do you just want to limit yourself to one idea which might be considered offensive here in the West only? Who knows and is it really that offensive.
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    May 31 2013: This conversation was originally about Human Cloning. And except for giving me the opportunity to explore publicly some of my more unusual experiences in that regard, not much happened here. I was privileged to experience some good things in terms of individual communications. But mostly my comments went over like the proverbial "lead balloon."

    That being the case, I felt somewhat exposed. I'd made a lot of disclosures that were open-ended, and hopefully thoughtful. But any form of "personal disclosure" can get downright creepy w/o some measure of 1) self-awareness; and 2) feedback. Thankfully, my self-awareness was asking all the right questions. But there was zero feedback from anywhere.

    My conclusion as to those facts was simple: I was potentially far deeper into a morass than I wanted to be. And when it comes to self-disclosure, that can be a disturbing or even dangerous place. If TEDsters were visiting, they were NOT sticking around to make comments. That meant that I wasn't meeting my goal.

    I wanted to create a discussion that looked like the New York Times (and some conversations on TED do read like the opinion page of a newspaper). But what I had to deal with instead was quite different. The discussion I started possibly belonged in/on the back pages of the National Enquirer. And maybe not even that. "Ted" Kaczynski wrote his manifesto. The FBI published it. And that kind of company I don't recommend to anyone.

    TED is not for "manifesto writing." And if YOU (i.e. me) are the only ones posting to your TED conversation on a regular basis, there's a problem. At best, you are writing a public diary. At worst, you are writing a manifesto. With that in mind, why risk embarrassment. I deleted my comments and closed out the thread early.
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      May 13 2013: As your thread runs another 29 days, it will stay up 29 days, regardless of the level of participation.

      Different topics draw different people, and sometimes a thread perks up again later because of who happens to notice it.
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    May 13 2013: It's quite possible, even probable that cloning has occurred. But it would have been fairly recently. The simple procedure you describe won't work, successful cloning is much more complicated. the younger and less differentiated the donor cell is the easier it is. Using anything other than an ebryonic stem cell requires complex treatment as much of the DNA in a regular cell is inactive.