A reader writes:
It seems to me that your commenters are being rather harsh on Mr. Caplan. Granted that the clone would, in fact, be a separate individual, with his own tastes, passions and life experience. But isn't Caplan's impulse rather similar to that of people who wish to have genetic children rather than adopt? The desire to see familiar traits appear in a new person, to recognize Uncle Albert's chin and Aunt Tilly's sense of humor? And for a narcissist, having a clone turn out completely differently would be fascinating all on its own -- look at all the variation he'd find he's capable of!
I'm not planning on cloning myself, or freezing myself, or any other avant garde methods of staying on this earth past my due date. But I do understand Caplan's motivation.
We do a monthly item in Wired magazine where we present a full-page image of some hypothetical object that gives a glimpse of what the future might look like. The latest happens to be a children's book about raising your clone as your child. Higher-res version here.
If you haven't seen the "Reality Check" episode of This American Life, you should. Act One is about a cloned bull who grew up and behaved very differently from his original.