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Brave New World How will scientific advances change our society In his novel A Brave New World Aldous Huxley tries to present his vision of technological advances ruling humanity The novel takes us to a place called the World State where using technology the government eliminates unhappiness to produce contented and effective workers Men will come to be valued more and more not as individuals but as personified social functions From birth people are split into six social classes that determine their futures The government then conditions them to conform to its needs Using hypnotism electric shock treatment and other methods of behavior modification babies are conditioned to fit the states ideals Literature is banned because it may make people think and detract from their work People are encouraged to be promiscuous and impersonal and families and close relationships are frowned upon because they can cause pain When individuals are unhappy they take a drug called soma to remove their unhappiness Happy workers are productive workers The governments philosophy is brought to near the end of the novel during a conversation between the Savage and the controller Mustapha Mond The Savage is showing the controller his point of view and the controller is defending his society He does so by explaining that the peoples total bliss makes up for their lack of freedom The worlds stable now People are happy they get what they want and they never want what they cant get Theyre well off theyre safe theyre never ill theyre not afraid of death theyre blissfully ignorant of passion and old age theyre plagued with no mothers or fathers theyve got no wives or children or loves to feel strongly about theyre so conditioned that they practically cant help behaving as they ought to behave And if anything should go wrong theres soma What the government does not understand is that
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