Brave New World: The Advancement Of Science



When thinking of progress, most people think of advances in the
scientific fields, believing that most discoveries and technologies are
beneficial to society. Are these advances as beneficial as most people think?
In the novel Brave New World, the author Aldous Huxley, warns readers that
scientific advances can be a threat to society. This is particularly evident in
the fields of biology, technology and psychology. According to Huxley, "The
theme of Brave New World is not the advancement of science as such; it is the
advancement of science as it affects human individuals"(Huxley CLC 79 290).
One scientific advance of which Huxley warns readers of is that in
biology. In the setting of ...

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exist
on the reservation. Instead, humans are raised in conditioning centres. R.T.
Oerton points out that "Present knowledge indicates, for instance, that a child
cannot be deprived of parents or parent figures, as were the children in Brave
New World, without suffering lasting pathological damage to his
personality."(Oerton CLC 7 308). Another threat that the Bokanovsky process
poses to society is that life is not highly valued. "Murder kills only the
individual and, after all what is an individual? With a sweeping gesture he [Mr.
Foster, director of hatcheries and conditioning] indicated the rows of
microscopes, the test-tubes, the incubators. We can make a new one with the
greatest ease-as many as we like"(Huxley Brave New World 133). Human life holds
no value because it can be easily replaced through the Bokanovsky process.
Furthermore, Bokanovsky's method of mass production prevents individuality, as
on the reservation, all people are cloned. Starting from the time ...

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operations. In Brave New
World, leisure activities are dominated by technology. The primary source of
entertainment is the "feelies," a type of movie theatre in which all the senses
are artificially created. Instead of feeling the emotions portrayed on screen,
the audience absorbs stimulated sensations. These stimulations prevent them
from free thought, which threatens society by denying people from experiencing
their own creativity and imagination. Furthermore, technology affects
entertainment by being incorporated into all games of play. Games consist of
advanced technological apparatus, and low organization, creating very
superficial entertainment. According to Huxley, this ...

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