[ExI] 1984 and Brave New World
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Tue Feb 2 18:57:38 UTC 2010
On 31 January 2010 16:09, Tom Nowell <nebathenemi at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Brave New World reflects the utopian thinking of those who believed a technocratic elite could bestow happiness for all, and its focus on biological engineering of people and society reflects the early 20th century eugenicists. In a time when people were publicly advocating the sterilisation of undesirable types, and where people were using dubious biology to push forward their own political views, Huxley warns us of one way in which this could end up.
Where is the "warning"? Huxley does seem to see the Brave New World as
the unavoidable destination of the societal goals worth pursuing.
And where is "eugenics", at least in a transhumanist sense? The
different castes of BNW are kept as stable as possible, no effort to
improve, enhance of change their genetic makeover is in place.
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