Thursday, July 26, 2012

Brave New World

"Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself from thinking." 
 Aldous Huxley


  1. Brave New World (1932), about a future in which most human beings are born in test tube factories, genetically engineered to belong in one of five castes: Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons. There are no families, people have sex all the time and never fall in love, and they keep themselves happy by taking a drug called "soma."

    It was one of the first novels to predict the future existence of genetic engineering, test-tube babies, anti-depression medication, and virtual reality. When George Orwell's 1984 came out a few years later, many critics compared the two novels, trying to decide which one was more likely to come true. Huxley argued that his imagined future was more likely, because it would be easier to control people by keeping them happy than it would be by threatening them with violence.

  2. More Huxley in "I Read in a Book Somewhere" below...

  3. Indeed. It's been a long time since I read it; however, it's power has remained.