Technology In A Brave New World



Technology is defined as using the entire body of science, methods, and
materials to achieve an end. Technology, or techne, is so preoccupied with
weather it can, it never considers if it should. In "Of Techne and Episteme," a
article on technology and humanities, the author Eddy warns us that a society
without epistemological thinking would lead to a society of "skilled
barbarians." This is the topic of the novel Brave New World in which Aldous
Huxley portrays a future world where babies are manufactured on an assembly line
and put into a social class while they are still embryos in a test tube. As
children they are engineered to be content with their rank in this world where
love, ...

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without using their head or heart. Scientists toy with the embryos,
cutting off oxygen to those predestined to become lower caste members. Those
chosen to work as rocket plane engineers were in constant rotation during the
embryonic phase of their life. "Doing repairs on the outside of a rocket in
mid-air is a tickish job. We slacken off the circulation when they're right way
up, so that they're half starved, and double the flow of surrogate when they're
upside down. They learn to associate topsy-turvydom with being well-being."
These procedures would be considered morally incorrect today, however, in the
future the lack of ethics allows this to be a normal procedure. Eddy stresses
the importance of humanities, and teaching of moral ethics. Schweitzer said
that "If any age lacks the minds to force it to think about the ethical, the
level of its morality sinks, and with it, its capacity to answering the
questions that present themselves." This quote could not apply ...

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