Brave New World

Brave New World - Blade Runner #

Introduction to Brave New World #

Brave New World (BNW) is a fable set in 614 AF in a universal state where science is used to create a stable conformist society through test tube incubation, eugenics and memory induced conditioning.

The themes include the detrimental effects of science and technology disempowering and enslaving mankind rather than freeing them to enjoy wide ranging human experiences and emotions and enriching their lives. In the words of the author:

“The theme of Brave New World is not the advancement of Science;…it is the advancement of science as it affects human individuals.”

Huxley is concerned about technology’s effect on critical and creative thinking. Rather than teaching students what to think, they need to be taught how to think.

Context: #

BNW follows:

  • WWI
  • The rise of communistic Russia
  • The rise totalitarian fascist states of Italy and German

Huxley sees World Government in the form of a centralised League of Nations, maintaining power.

Increased mechanization of assembly line production ie: Ford manufacturing.