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When thinking of progress most people think of advances in the scientific fields believing that most discoveries and technologies are beneficial to society Are these advances as beneficial as most people think In the novel Brave New World the author Aldous Huxley warns readers that scientific advances can be a threat to society This is particularly evident in the fields of biology technology and psychology According to Huxley The theme of Brave New World is not the advancement of science as such it is the advancement of science as it affects human individualsHuxley CLC 79 290 One scientific advance of which Huxley warns readers of is that in biology In the setting of Brave New World henceforth referred to as the reservation the mass production of humans is accomplished with the Bokanovsky process In this process human beings are genetically engineered in laboratories a bokanovskified egg will bud will proliferate will divide From eight to ninety-six buds and every bud will grow into a perfectly formed embryo and every embryo into a full sized adultHuxley Brave New World 4 One of the threats of this genetic breeding is that no family structures exist on the reservation Instead humans are raised in conditioning centres RT Oerton points out that Present knowledge indicates for instance that a child cannot be deprived of parents or parent figures as were the children in Brave New World without suffering lasting pathological damage to his personalityOerton CLC 7 308 Another threat that the Bokanovsky process poses to society is that life is not highly valued Murder kills only the individual and after all what is an individual With a sweeping gesture he Mr Foster director of hatcheries and conditioning indicated the rows of microscopes the test-tubes the incubators We can make a new one with the greatest ease-as many as we likeHuxley Brave New World 133 Human life holds no value because it can be easily replaced
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