More B.o.B-ishness: Human Cloning

Science Denier Hall of Shame's photo.Last time, we dissected Bobby Ray Simmons (B.o.B) batch of tweets that a conspiracy from ages past is dead set on maintaining a deep, dark secret: that the world is in fact flat. The reasons for the alleged conspiracy were not, and never are, given.

Further, Bobby seems to like to present himself as a sort of a thought-freedom warrior that must constantly be on guard against the forces of the alleged conspirators. The following video shows the true depth of the paranoia: https://youtu.be/v5-My8Rx6uw , assuming this is not all just a publicity stunt.

Today, we shall address another topic of silliness, human cloning. We’ll stick to the same format as last time. We’ll analyze (and, honestly, ridicule) each tweet as it came about.

Again, remember the reasons we do this. Artists, especially in the music industry, often have a rather large youth following. People of that age may have not yet developed the analytical skills necessary to be aware that an artist may not be the best source of scientific information. And they will vote, at some point.

So, let’s get right to the tweets, and we’ll follow up with a brief dismissal of the entire ‘human cloning’ topic.

• Every time you see a celebrity “randomly” loose their mind = cloning center
OK, first, it’s ‘lose’. LOSE! The phrase ‘loose their mind’ has no meaning! (Sorry about that… IT’s always annoyed me when people confuse ‘lose’ and ‘loose’.)
Great, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we can address the alleged point of the tweet.
It asserts that the second of the following two scenarios is more probable.

Scenario #1: In the entertainment industry, where excessive partying, drug use and aberrant behavior are not only the norm, but actually contribute to the fame and success of some of the biggest names we know, occasionally a performer will lose (see? LOSE!) their grip on reality.

Scenario #2: Cloning Center

Sorry, Bobby, if the reality actually WAS scenario #2, having either the original, or the clone, publicly act as if they had lost their mind would be counterproductive. It would draw attention to what should be a ‘secret switch’.

• hundreds of kids go missing each year = cloning center
How do you dare make use of the tragedy of missing children to promote an invented threat with no evidence whatsoever?
Again, which scenario is more logical and probable?
Scenario #1: Thousands (that’s right, thousands. Not hundreds) of young people are either kidnapped or coerced via drugs or other means by truly evil people for truly evil purposes such as human trafficking. Many more have lost hope in their situations and run away, often falling victim to the same people mentioned in the first sentence.
Scenario #2: Cloning Center
This one is particularly bad, as if people are convinced that scenario #2 is in fact the correct one, we are choosing to pursue a false conspiracy instead of the real, known and demonstrated conspiracy of human trafficking and the tragedy of ruined lives.
Sorry, no humor or clever sarcasm in response to this tweet. The very idea of using the plight of missing children to further the goals of a conspiracy theory fills me with anger.

• when a celebrity in great health suddenly suffered a stroke, heart attack, aneurism = cloning center
The statistics show that there is no greater instance of stroke, heart attack or aneurism in celebrities versus the general population that are exposed to similar risk factors. These might include diet, stress level, sleep schedule, drinking… And even if there were, wouldn’t the goal of cloning be the quiet replacement of the original with a controlled copy? How would that even work when publicly killing off or incapacitating the original? If this is ‘them’ doing ‘conspiracy, they suck at it..

• Notice a celebrity who have tattoos or piercings mysteriously vanish ? = cloning center
The notion of celebrity is largely about appearance. A performer, model or actor/actress may, for personal reasons, desire a tattoo, piercing or other permanent or semi-permanent body marking.
Anyone had any unsightly skin issues appear just in time for Senior Prom? What saved the day? Cover-up.
There exists a much more effective (and much more expensive) form of cover-up that is commonly used in the entertainment industry. It is capable of making tattoos or other body markings undetectable for short periods of time. When an event such as an acting role, modelling appearance or public appearance are not the appropriate place for visible body markings, celebrities have this option, and it works.

Now on to the topic of cloning in general.

Is cloning possible? Well, since it’s been done with animals, obviously it’s possible, but here are a few little details of which the Human Cloning Conspiracy Theorists are apparently unaware…

1. If you wish to clone a ten-year-old animal, it will take approximately ten years. That’s right, cloned life forms don’t grow any faster than naturally born ones. There is no known technology for accelerating the process.

2. Clones are not identical to the original. Identical twins share the same DNA, as do clone and original. There are always at least small differences. This is because not all of the development process is determined at the DNA level. The process of cellular reproduction and differentiation (the process by which generic cells morph into cells with a specific purpose, like heart, liver or brain cells) leaves room for variation.

3. The ‘Cloning Center’ conspiracy theory implies that the alleged clones can be programmed to act in a specific way. Since the alleged clones are really ‘just another human’, why waste the time and money making a clone? If a clone can be ‘programmed’, so can the original.

If you wish to learn more about what cloning is and isn’t, I recommend that you start here: http://www.fda.gov/…/SafetyHeal…/AnimalCloning/ucm055512.htm
As always, thanks for reading!
– Jeff

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