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Post Industrial Society A Brave New WorldAldous Huxley was born on July 26 1894 in Surrey England He was born to a very scholarly family most notably his grandfather TH Huxley a well-known biologist and foremost advocate for Darwins evolutionary theory Aldous upbringing was shaped by many diverse influences from his brother Julian a notable biologist to his mothers uncle Matthew Arnold a well-known English poet and literary critic This mix of disciplines led to Huxleys eclectic interests which ranged from anthropology to zoology and from literature to mysticism These interests eventually drove Huxley into a pursuit of a medical career as a student at Eton Soon after he chose this as his life profession however Huxley was stricken with keratitis an eye disease and went nearly blind forcing him to rethink his goals Eventually Huxley would return to school at Balliol College at Oxford to study English Literature and Philology It was at Oxford Huxley met his lifelong friend DH Lawrence Lawrence would help encourage the freedom of thought and originality that would characterize Huxleys future works Though Huxley took quickly to his studies of literature he always regreted that he could not pursue his dream to be a doctor and took great interest in the sciences in his spare time Huxley would later consider his near loss of sight as the best thing that ever happened to him teaching him the importance of the mundane aspects of life most notably personal freedoms It was in this state of forced isolation and restriction due to his near blindness that Huxley was most stimulated to think critically of his surroundings and the everyday actions of normal people Huxleys blindness excused him from military service in World War I though he was very much subject to the emotional effects of the war on England In 1919 Huxley married Maria Nys a Belgian refugee and fathered a child Matthew Maria would prove to be an invaluable
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