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Thought Experiment

Posted in The Next Ten Years by Huckleberry on March 27, 2014

If you could clone yourself 1,000 times, assuming unity of thought and ideology, should all 1,001 of you be allowed to vote?
Why or why not?

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  1. El Borak said, on March 27, 2014 at 18:03

    If I could clone myself 1,000 times, what makes you think i would?

  2. Doom said, on March 27, 2014 at 22:10

    Oh, I wouldn’t clone me. But that isn’t my choice. When they get 20k of me in operation, it won’t be to vote, it will be to suppress voting worldwide, and they will most likely succeed. As to being like me? That takes walking through hell and death, multiple times, and then being given the time to asses it. My clones won’t be given the time, as I was. If you think I am… rough… now. You should have met me a couple of decades ago. It won’t end the way any of them envision, mind you. Such are the failings of man, and their machines.

  3. Huckleberry said, on March 28, 2014 at 07:14

    This kind of insolence wouldn’t be tolerated at a university’s philosophy department coffee klatch, I’ll have you know.

    Which in all honesty is the highest compliment I could pay to you both.
    Now.
    Assume DARPA did the cloning without your counsel or consent, and all 1,000 of them came home.
    In the moments it takes for you to reach the nearest firearm and draw down, consider if the new gaggle of you presents an opportunity for increased influence, weighted against the increased costs.

  4. Giraffe said, on March 28, 2014 at 10:13

    If you vote to take my guns away I’ll shoot all 1001 of you. I think should ban cloning to keep my ammo costs down.

    As to the thought experiment. If, as I believe, a person has a spirit, and clones don’t have them, then I don’t think clones should vote as they are not persons. If people don’t have a spirit, and only the material exists, then who gives a shit.

  5. El Borak said, on March 28, 2014 at 11:25

    If my clones are ‘me,’ then negative.
    If my clones are other people who are just like me, granted legal citizenship of their own, then affirmative.

    So long as they pay their taxes as individuals, what difference does their origin make?

  6. Giraffe said, on March 28, 2014 at 12:02

    Or, if Conservatives/religious would have children like God says, and raise them correctly so as not to be leftists, it would end up being somewhat like the cloning thought experiment, wherein our foes are outnumbered and marginalized by aborting and birth controlling themselves out of relevance. Alas, we have to be just like the cool kids.


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