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Plato and a Sophist Talk with Mustapha Mond In response to Mustapha Monds claim that his world has been created to fulfill the real needs of human nature Plato would respond by saying that he adamantly does not agree The Brave New World empowers and celebrates the body and the human condition In this celebration the goodness of the soul and the truth and knowledge that the soul possesses is trapped in a useless body Bokanovskys process hypnopedia soma and free sex all contribute to suppressing the innate goodness of the soul The beginning of life in the Brave New World is in Bokanovskys process Plato would agree with this process to a certain extent because it eliminates the unnecessary earthly ties that humans share with their parents Plato might not object to the sets of twins because it helps remind them that their bodies are not unique helping them to see the body more clearly as an object but their alikeness could cause them to think of themselves as having the same eternal unchanging form However the factories that pump out babies are simply mass-producing prisons for human souls and Plato most certainly would not agree with this Plato would have been disgusted by the next sage hypnopedia Hypnopedia is the authoritative knowledge that becomes disguised as innate knowledge This makes it very difficult if not impossible for people in the Brave New World to discover the true innate knowledge that exists in their form Plato believes that innate knowledge is the only true knowledge and the only real connection to the world of the forms He does not believe in teaching people through authoritative knowledge Instead he believes that one can only encourage and nurture another individual and help them contact the innate knowledge that already exists inside him or her When Mustapha Mond masks innate knowledge through hypnopedia he forces the people into accepting a lesser reality We see the
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