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Born: 1939-02-12
Profession: Educator
Nation: American
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Many other countries have already banned human cloning, and there are efforts at the UN to make such a ban universal.

Tags: Countries, Human, Universal

Many people recognize that technology often comes with unintended and undesirable side effects.

Tags: Often, Side, Technology

My job is to provide the president with the richest possible consideration, so that he knows what is at stake in whatever decision he makes.

Tags: Decision, Job, Whatever

Nobody knew in advance that in vitro fertilization would be, by and large, safe.

Tags: Knew, Large, Nobody

One could look over the past century and ask oneself, has the increased longevity been good, bad or indifferent?

Tags: Bad, Good, Past

One should proceed with caution. We may simply not be wise enough to do some of the kinds of engineering things that people are talking about doing.

Tags: Enough, May, Wise

Perhaps you could sympathize with those who seek to replace a dead child with a copy, or to copy a parent or a relative or even a celebrity.

Tags: Child, Dead, Parent

Sexuality itself means mortality - equally for both man and woman.

Tags: Both, Means, Woman

Technological innovation is indeed important to economic growth and the enhancement of human possibilities.

Tags: Economic, Growth, Human

The abortion controversy is important for what it says about our stance toward procreation and children altogether.

Tags: Children, Says, Toward

The benefits of biomedical progress are obvious, clear, and powerful. The hazards are much less well appreciated.

Tags: Less, Powerful, Progress

The human animal has evolved as a preeminently social animal.

Tags: Animal, Human, Social

The neuroscience area - which is absolutely in its infancy - is much more important than genetics.

Tags: Absolutely, Area, Genetics

The so-called right to reproduce is not an unlimited right.

Tags: Reproduce, Unlimited

The technical is not just the machinery. The technical is a disposition to life.

Tags: Life, Machinery, Technical

The technological way of thinking has infected even ethics, which is supposed to be thinking about the good.

Tags: Ethics, Good, Thinking

There is a lot of hype and fear about this much-talked-about prospect of designer babies.

Tags: Babies, Fear, Hype

There were certain questions about the foundations of morals that advances in science all threaten to make more complicated.

Tags: Morals, Questions, Science

There's an ancient tension between wanting to savor the world as it is and wanting to improve on the world as given.

Tags: Between, Improve, Tension

We are enmeshed in a lineage that came from somewhere and is going to make way for the next generation.

Tags: Generation, Next, Somewhere

We are somehow natured, not just to reproduce, but for sociality and even for culture.

Tags: Culture, Reproduce, Somehow

We know next to nothing of what we're going to know in 20 or 50 years.

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We should never rush into folly just because other nations are practicing it.

Tags: Folly, Nations, Rush

What does it mean to be an individual? What does it mean to flourish?

Tags: Flourish, Individual, Mean

Even if certain rogue countries do things we wish nobody did, it doesn't necessarily mean that their foolishness should justify our following suit.

Tags: Mean, Nobody, Wish

As bad as it might be to destroy a creature made in God's image, it might be very much worse to be creating them after images of one's own.

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Our only responsibility is to live our own life and take care of our own children.

Tags: Care, Children, Life

Cloning looks like a degrading of parenthood and a perversion of the right relation between parents and children.

Tags: Between, Children, Parents

In the case of abortion, one pits the life of the fetus against the interests of the pregnant woman.

Tags: Against, Life, Woman

It's very hard to make arguments about the effects of cloning on family relations if family relations are in tatters.

Tags: Family, Hard, Relations

We may simply not be wise enough to do some of the kinds of engineering things that people are talking about doing.

Tags: Enough, May, Wise

Biology, meaning the science of all life, is a late notion.

Tags: Life, Meaning, Science

If one is seriously interested in preventing reproductive cloning, one must stop the process before it starts.

Tags: Process, Seriously, Stop

If you have easy self-contentment, you might have a very, very cheap source of happiness.

Tags: Easy, Happiness, Might

Limits have to be set on how far one can simply use the... cleverness that we have to make changes.

Tags: Changes, Far, Simply

Once you put human life in human hands, you have started on a slippery slope that knows no boundaries.

Tags: Human, Life, Put

We owe our existence to our parents, but we actually didn't have a choice.

Tags: Actually, Choice, Parents

Almost everybody is enthusiastic about the promise of biotechnology to cure disease and to relieve suffering.

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An enormous amount of direct advertising from pharmaceutical companies are offering a kind of instantaneous solution to problems.

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Cloning represents a very clear, powerful, and immediate example in which we are in danger of turning procreation into manufacture.

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Genetics is crude, but neuroscience goes directly to work on the brain, and the mind follows.

Tags: Brain, Mind, Work

I don't believe that efforts to prohibit only so-called reproductive cloning can be successful.

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I don't like being forced to reduce my thoughts to sound bites.

Tags: Forced, Sound, Thoughts

I have nothing against respecting people who lived before, but we have no responsibility toward them.

Tags: Against, Lived, Respect

I've been opposed to human cloning from the very beginning.

Tags: Beginning, Cloning, Human

In cloning, in contrast, reproduction is asexual - the cloned child is the product not of two but of one.

Tags: Child, Cloning, Contrast

Is it possible to covet a much longer life for one's self and be as devoted to the well-being of the next generation? It's a long argument.

Tags: Life, Possible, Self

It seems to me that a kind of thinking which is not technocratic has an opportunity for a renaissance in this country.

Tags: Country, Seems, Thinking

It's a short step from the belief that every child should be wanted to the belief that a child exists to satisfy our wants.

Tags: Child, Short, Wanted
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