Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World Revisited Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Given this fact, the probability if over-population leading through unrest to dictatorship becomes a virtual certainty. It is pretty safe be that, twenty years from now, all the world’s over-populated and underdeveloped countries will be under some form of totalitarian rule — probably by the communist party.

Brilliantly accurate. Huxley’s idea of communism after twenty years in the 1950’s was captured in the 1970’s; 1/3 of the population lived under communism. Communism is caused by the gap between the rich and the poor, which by no doubt is caused by overpopulation. However, communism has declined ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, so there are only a few communist countries as of today, namely: China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam.

In spite of new wonder drugs and better treatment (indeed, in a certain sense, precisely because of these things), the physical health of the general population will show no improvement, and may even deteriorate. And along with a decline of average healthiness there may well go a decline in average intelligence.

Precisely; what’s the use of innovation when it can only treat about 1/5 of the population? What about the other 4/5?

In a word, a man in a crowd behaves as though he had swallowed a large dose of some powerful intoxicant. He is a victim of what I have called “herd-poisoning”.

A very neat concept. “Assembled in a crowd, people lose their powers of reasoning and their capacity for moral choice.” This explains how individuality is essential for morality and intelligence.

If, as seems pretty certain, subliminal projection can consistently intensity the emotions felt by moviegoers, the motion picture industry may yet be saved from bankruptcy — that is, if the producers of television plays don’t get there first.

An overwhelming concept of subconscious persuasion. And I am certain that most of us have been victims of this subconsciously — through commercials, advertisements, campaigns, promotions, and the like.

If you like areas involving politics, economics, psychology, sociology, and humanities, then this is definitely for you — having read Brave New World, that is. Here, Huxley presents us a collection of articles which are, of no doubt, thought-provoking. In fact, I plan to read more of Huxley’s works.


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