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Clone Being: Exploring the Psychological and Social Dimensions

Levick, Stephen E.

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ISBN 10: 0742529894 / ISBN 13: 9780742529892
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003
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Title: Clone Being: Exploring the Psychological and...

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Publication Date: 2003

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 0th Edition.

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Most people think the risks of reproductive cloning are so high as to make trying to clone a person immoral. Even if the medical risks could be reduced greatly, many believe a clone would still risk great psychological harm, and that the practice of reproductive cloning would also be detrimental to society. Others dismiss these concerns as speculative, and point to the possible good they believe it could do. But we need not wait for the first clone to be born to systematically consider the possible psychological and social ramifications of cloning.

Marshalling psychological and sociological theory and research, and drawing upon extensive clinical experiences as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Levick explores the various dimensions of cloning. Clone Being attempts to anticipate possible consequences for a clone, his or her "parents" and family, and society. Psychotherapy case material enlivens and illustrates the book and the reader is helped to identify "clone-like" aspects of his or her own experience and mental life, and of contemporary life. Through this process, the book comes to important conclusions about human nature, including the crucial roles of intimacy, sex, and sexuality for society. The clinical and scientifically grounded insights of this book should help inform the reader's ethical judgments and attitudes about cloning people.

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Anyone willing to dig in, and learn new things should be able to read and understand this book. I wrote it to try to inform the ethical debate on cloning in new ways. It is meant to be both a scholarly and highly accessible book on a serious subject of broad human interest.

The book strives to help the reader understand reproductive cloning on a variety of levels -- intellectual, personal and emotional; and from a number of perspectives -- that of the clone, the person wishing to clone, the clone's family, and society. In the process, aside from what the reader comes to learn about cloning, I hope he or she will come away with a better understanding of him or herself and others.

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