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Oh Brave New World - Huxley's Dystopia

Oh Brave New World - Huxley's Dystopia

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Published by Ian Thorpe
The dystopian future envisaged by Aldoust Huxley in his novel brave New World seems close to realisation as biologists make advances in cloning and genetic modification that will make natural birth and death redundant and eccentricity impossible while social scientists and neurologists claim that in collaboration with computer technology companies they will be able to control our thought processes. Is it time to yell STOP!
The dystopian future envisaged by Aldoust Huxley in his novel brave New World seems close to realisation as biologists make advances in cloning and genetic modification that will make natural birth and death redundant and eccentricity impossible while social scientists and neurologists claim that in collaboration with computer technology companies they will be able to control our thought processes. Is it time to yell STOP!

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Published by: Ian Thorpe on Nov 22, 2013
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Oh Brave New World That Has Such Technology In It 
The death of Aldous Huxley on 22 November 1963 was overshadowed by a much bigger news story Though most of Huxley!s writing seems dated his main legacy is the dysto"ian vision of the novel  #rave New $orld% one of the classics of modern literature Though often com"ared with &rwell!s 19'(% brave New $orld is currently loo)ing li)e the more accurate "rediction of where humanity was heading
 
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Since I started to write to write satirical blogs on the frequent reports and studies about  breakthroughs in cloning, transhumanism, creation genetically modified humans and the mandating of drug use (most worryingly anti - depressants) that are thrown at us every day, the misinformation and disinformation that comes out of certain branches of the scientific community I have often been told us ordinary punters "cannot understand science because you are not scientists"
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It has occurred to me several times as I wrote of plans to put anti!depressants in water, to withhold medical treatment from those who self harm by having a cheese sandwich containing demonised but nutritionally essential saturated fats and a beer replete with the demon alcohol rather than ig #harma approved happy pills and to fiddle about with the genome to produce a race of  perfect beings, that I ought to do an article on rave $ew %orld, &ldous 'uleys *+s novel of a technological utopia In common with .rwells $ineteen /ighty 0our, forever imprinted on the minds of my generation because of the cover image of a military boot grinding on a human face, rave $ew %orld was a novel that changed the way we viewed the world we lived in In many ways it inspired aspects of the social revolution of the *+1s as people shrugged off the social controls that had imposed such restrictive conventions on western society  $ow of course the bright young things of the sities are 2ust boring old farts and people are tricked into conformity by promises of ever improving material benefits if they will only sustain constant economic growth 3onsumerism has replaced patriotism in binding us into slavery 'aving become famous in the $ineteen 4wenties with his witty and intellectually provocative novels &ldous 'uley was still highly rated when his death on $ovember 55 *+1 was somewhat overshadowed by the assassination of #resident 6 0 7ennedy 4he 7ennedy story filled news and comment columns for weeks and 'uley8s reputation was denied the boost that would have launched his posthumous career as a writer ranking alongside the giants of twentieth century literature such as Stein beck, 'emingway, 9awrence and .rwell, to name a fewIn the years 'uley was at his peak, the world 8liberal8 had not been hi2acked by politically correct authoritarianism and public debate featured a wide range of opinions 4his worked in 'uley8s favour because his novels and stories became conversation pieces due to the challenging nature of the ideas he epressed :ost of the characters practised the arts or aspired to do so and while some were standard 9iberals others flirted with fascism and communism .ften several scientists would feature among 'uley8s cast, giving the writer opportunity to eplore the contradictions of science, such as the ethical questions surrounding eugenics (which was not invented by the $a;is, but by well intentioned liberal democrats) 4he interest in science was not surprising, the gulf between the arts and the sciences had not at that time grown so wide and &ldous 'uley was the grandson of 4 ' 'uley, an evangelist for 3harles <arwin8s theory of evolution and known as <arwins bulldog /ven if 'uley8s death had not been eclipsed in news coverage, his popularity might not have
 
survived the social revolution of the nineteen sities, we have moved on from the issues that inspired him, his prose can seem wordy and pretentious and his characters twee
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.ne book from his oeuvre has survived as a twentieth century classic 4his is rave $ew %orld the vision of a dystopian future under a benign but dehumanising oligarchic scientific dictatorship, which 'uley regarded as something of a throwaway rave $ew %orld was written in the space of a month, but is now compared to .rwells $ineteen /ighty-0our, the writing of which ehausted .rwell so much it is said to have led to his early death oth are visions of a future under totalitarian governments .rwell saw a world dominated by three superstates, engaged in permanent warfare, with  populations kept in line by constant surveillance and a brutal secret police, 4he 4hought #olice 'uley offered us a world government (4he 3ontrollers) who keep a largely infantilised population in line by supplying all needs plus rations of a happy drug Soma 3ertain territories designated as reservations for =savages> who think, feel and behave like people of the 5th century, in other words they are still recognisable human beings 4hey quarrel, fight, women menstruate and give  birth and they must struggled through life relying on their own devices without the protective embrace of $anny StateIn 'uley8s world the population is divided from before birth (through in - vitro gestation in  baby farms where each individual foetus passes along a conveyor belt and in programmed and fed controlled doses of nutrients appropriate to each of the five castes and their sub castes (from &lpha? down to /psilon- semi moron), everything is geared to contentment@ every individual is conditioned
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