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Author: Greory E. Pence
Release Date: March, 29th 2016
Genres: Philosophy/Bioethics, Non-Fiction
What is the real-world history and science of human cloning, and how closely does Orphan Black nail it?
Can you “own” a person—even a cloned one?
How can Sarah Manning be straight, Cosima gay, and Tony trans?
Cult hit sci-fi show Orphan Black doesn’t just entertain—it 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:
- Prominent 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
- Clones and identity: What we can learn from twin studies and tensions among Orphan Black’s clone “sisters”
- Kendall Morgan and other genetic anomalies
- The brave new world of genetic enhancement, 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.
The book description is self-explanatory and doesn’t really need any adding to since it perfectly describes the contents of this non-fiction release.
Using the hit series Orphan Black as a trampoline and reference point, What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club focuses on the analysis of facts of human cloning vs the fiction depicted in numerous of novels, movies, and tv series, offering scientific insights, ethical and philosophical thoughts, and giving thus access to an interesting subject in an understandable and exhaustive manner.
In my non-expert opinion, What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club definitely makes for a fascinating companion piece for those who are interested in understanding the “inner workings” of Orphan Black and the history, process and problematics of cloning in general.