Most of the public is under the typical misinterpretation that human clones will be identical replicas of the original person. This is far from the truth, at least at the onset of the human cloning era. Clones are grown and they will go through the gestation and natural maturation that human children do. This is well illustrated in the Star Wars prequels. There you see Jango Fett with his untainted cloned son Boba that he won as part of his deal for providing his DNA for the programed clone armies. He chooses to educate his son in the family business and mentors him just like a human child. This is an example of the first wave of human cloning.
Why can we not expect exact replicas? First of all, they cannot transfer the data that our minds store into a new body yet. And it might be quite some time before science makes that integral leap. Body replication will undoubtedly come first in the chain of events. So you can have the container but not the contents that are stored within. That leads to the second logical premise in the timeline. When children come into the world they are a blank slate - to be written on by life. The parent is the first and most powerful author to write in what I call "The Catalog." The Catalog is the binder of information at the base consciousness of our mind that we refer to in life. We filter every thought and visual nuance through the Catalog. Ergo the phase, "I am starting to sound a lot like my parents." I know at 57 I say a lot of the things my parents said when I was young; I just didn't say them until now. This will be the case with the first wave of human cloning. You may scoff now, clone education will be high on list of skills needed in the Brave New World. The difference is the clone will accept and act on much of the information as you do. It is you and you can attempt to impress it with as much of your Catalog as you wish.
On the other side of the coin, your genetic offspring will have experiences in addition to what input you provide. Being selective in this process will be the key in further influencing the collective Catalog. A hard part of the schema will be to decide when to start the training. Should you take delivery of the project at 5 years old? 12 maybe? Or even 18? There will be organizations offering early schooling before delivery. This will really bring meaning to the phrase: prep school. Choices in this sector will be critical depending on just how much work you wish to do yourself. What are the best stages of interaction? I am sure future research will define a pattern of information induction that the clone mind will accept.
Hollywood has given the public a wrong impression of cloning from the Matrix to the 6th Day. Movies have painted an unfair and unrealistic view of the near future. I was having a conversation with my girlfriend this morning about the premise of this article. "You mean cloning like in an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie?" I rest my case. We have been so jaded by the powers that be that many people don't know which way is up on the subject. Of course, there is the religious fracas but in life everything always has an opposing element. This is a natural trait all humans have. When faced with the unknown we conjure a cataclysmic outcome to protect our Catalog, whatever may be written there. "Hey man, don't sail that ship to the end of the earth! You'll fall off into a fiery hell loaded with demons and monsters." Thank you my friend Copernicus, I am sure this will turn out the same way. We just have to put up with the negative element until more of the science rolls in and the natural debunking happens.
Just think, you can school yourself about all the wrong decisions you made in life and not have them repeated, for real!