Science fiction writers have asked these questions for decades. Why? I don't know. Maybe we're secretly narcissists? Or maybe there's just something fascinating about the idea that humanity is duplicable. After all, if science fiction is, as many suggest, a genre deeply concerned with the human condition, then cloning is merely a "new" avenue through which we can interrogate what it is
that makes us human. Cloning rests alongside intelligent robots, aliens, androids, and all manner of intelligent non-humans to remind us that whatever it is that makes us human and unique is hard to pinpoint. If our minds and bodies can be duplicated, then what makes you "you" and me "me"?
And so I have to ask myself what I'd think if I met a clone of myself. Would I react with violence, as so many humans in SF narratives have done, or would I react with philosophical confusion and curiosity? I don't know. What about you?