What is the real-world history and science of human cloning, and does Orphan Black get it right? Can you “own” a personeven a cloned one? How can Sarah Manning be straight, Cosima gay, and Tony trans? Cult hit sci-fi show Orphan Black doesn’t just entertainit also raises fascinating questions about human cloning, its ethics, and its impact on personal identity.
In What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club: Bioethics and Philosophy in Orphan Black, prominent bioethicist Gregory E. Pence violates Clone Club’s first rule to take us deeper into the show and its connections to the real world, including:
Widespread myths about human clones (and Orphan Black’s rejection of them)
Our ugly history of eugenics
The ethics of human experimentation, by way of Projects Castor and Leda
What we can learn about clones and identity from twin studies and tensions among Orphan Black’s clone “sisters”
Kendall Malone and other genetic anomalies
The brave new world of genetic enhancement and clonal dynasties, and how Helena and Kira Manning fit in
In the process, What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club reveals why Orphan Black is some of today’s most engaging and thought-provoking television.
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With the popularity of the television series Orphan Black, Gregory Pence has written about cloning. Gregory discussed many things from the ethics of creating clones, our fears, anomalies, identities, and the future of clones. Since Dolly, the first cloned sheep, everyone seems to have one opinion or another on clones. I feel that most people feel threatened by them in one sense or another, from what kind of a person/human being will they be to how they threaten the idea of being human from birth instead of coming from a laboratory. This book goes the distance for discussing each possible aspect of how clones can affect use. There is so much information and examples through the book to keep it from becoming dry. I really like how it ties back into the Orphan Black series, the season premier is today. That helps to keep me that much more interested. I admit that I have wanted to watch Orphan Black but have not gotten around to it. After reading this book I will definitely be starting Orphan Black. If you like this series I recommend you get a copy of this book. You will NOT be disappointed. I received What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.