Do you consider this to be a case of cheating?

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#1 Edited by BluRayHiDef (10837 posts) -

The following scenario is based on an episode of The Outer Limits, titled "Replica." In this episode, a romantic couple, which consists of two scientists, develop technology which enables the cloning of Human beings. While testing the technology on the wife, which requires that someone's brain physiology be mapped, the wife lapsed into a coma. During the coma, which the husband felt the wife would never awake from, the Husband decided to clone the wife using her brain map that was created during the test.

He falls in love with the clone, which has all of the original wife's memories and personality traits (i.e. it is her in every sense). Do you consider this to be cheating? Keep in mind that the original wife eventually awakes from the coma and is upset to discover that her husband has fallen in love with her clone.

#2 Posted by deeliman (2256 posts) -

It's not really cheating if he thought that she'd never awake from her coma.

#3 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10837 posts) -

What if he did believe she would eventually awake from the coma? Or what if he wasn't sure whether she would awake or not awake?

#4 Posted by themajormayor (25649 posts) -

Yes

#5 Posted by VaguelyTagged (10042 posts) -

no i don't simply because the husband hasn't really fallen in love again. he's continued loving her original wife and has kept loving the same person with the very same personalty,memories and body.

#6 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10837 posts) -

@themajormayor

How can one cheat on their partner with a perfect clone of that partner? It's essentially the same person. I wouldn't be upset if my partner "cheated" on me with a copy of myself.

#7 Posted by Sword-Demon (6872 posts) -

No. since he believes she'll never wake up, she's basically dead. Cloning her is essentially bringing her back to life to continue where they left off as if nothing happened. The clone is becoming the wife.

If he knew she would wake up or wasn't sure, then that depends on his decision on whether or not he'll abandon his wife for the clone. If he abandons his wife - choosing to stay with the clone whether the wife wakes up or not, then he's not cheating. If he plans to go back to her when she wakes up, then he is cheating.

#8 Edited by Storm_Marine (10766 posts) -

Mmmmm....sounds potentially hot.

Also, why stop at one clone?

#9 Edited by Sword-Demon (6872 posts) -

Mmmmm....sounds potentially hot.

I'd be amazed if this situation hasn't already been used in a porn.

#10 Posted by Gamefan1986 (1317 posts) -

Sounds like the guy hit the jackpot. Threesomes forever!

#11 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10837 posts) -

Any of you guys watch The Outer Limits? It's one of my all time favorite shows, along with 24, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Law and Order: SVU, and Dragonball Z.

#12 Posted by Master_Live (13639 posts) -

No.

#13 Posted by ferrari2001 (16677 posts) -

Would the clone be considered another person? If the clone's memories and personality are exactly the same and if the clone had exactly the same DNA what is the difference between the clone and original on which it was based? Although it could also be said that the memories aren't what make the person but actually experiencing those memories. If it is the actual experience that differentiates us then the clone would be considered a separate person from the original. It would all depend on your definition on what makes persons distinct.

#14 Posted by Sword-Demon (6872 posts) -

Any of you guys watch The Outer Limits? It's one of my all time favorite shows, along with 24, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Law and Order: SVU, and Dragonball Z.

I don't care what anyone says about you; you're awesome and you make me laugh.

#15 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10837 posts) -

@Sword-Demon: What was so funny about that post?

#16 Edited by Barbariser (6704 posts) -

It counts as adultery, but as long as the romantic relationship with his comatose wife was "broken" it probably isn't actually cheating. The fact that the clone was identical to his wife (and only at the point of cloning) is irrelevant, because the clone is still as distinct from his wife as any random stranger.

#17 Posted by lamprey263 (22458 posts) -

no, if it's an exact copy and the other is pretty much a vegetable then no

#18 Edited by 4myAmuzumament (1743 posts) -

Yes, it is cheating because it isn't his wife and his wife is still alive. Doesn't matter if the clone exhibits the same traits, it's not his real wife.

#19 Edited by dave123321 (33381 posts) -

What if you later find out that you were also a clone. What then?

#20 Posted by dave123321 (33381 posts) -

As a unaware clone, is it actually cheating if the person feels that they are cheating even if they are not the actual partner of the person they believe they are creating on?

#21 Posted by lamprey263 (22458 posts) -

Is it cheating if we develop teleportation? For instance, going from point A to point B a copy is made and the original destroyed, so say a guy on earth teleports to a distant planet, does work over there and comes back to earth to live and be with his wife. Is his wife cheating since she's with a third generation copy of her husband?

#22 Posted by playmynutz (5925 posts) -

Having sex with a clone is a crime against humanity

#23 Posted by Korvus (2457 posts) -

I consider it cheating in a way that makes him feel like he's not =P

I'd like to see you guys telling the original wife that she and the clone are the same person. =P Having the same genetic makeup and sharing memories doesn't make them the same person, only 2 people that share the same DNA and the same memories. Just like if I downloaded all your memories into my head I wouldn't be you.

Is it cheating if we develop teleportation? For instance, going from point A to point B a copy is made and the original destroyed, so say a guy on earth teleports to a distant planet, does work over there and comes back to earth to live and be with his wife. Is his wife cheating since she's with a third generation copy of her husband?

It would be cheating if the original husband would still be there somewhere. Plus, assuming you would use teleportation knowing your original body would be destroyed it would be your choice, which in the case the OP refers to, it's not the wife's choice to be cloned.

#24 Posted by kennysal (46 posts) -

No.

#25 Posted by Wilfred_Owen (20802 posts) -

So what if the clone makes out with the original? Then what.