Aldous Huxleys Prophetic Vision of Genetic Engineering

April 11, 2017 Engineering

In 1932, Aldous Huxley wrote ???Brave New World??? in which he delivers a valuable message. In ???Brave New World???, he describes the world and what it will become in the future. The society was overrun by technology and that the human race has lost their individuality, freedom, and identity as human beings. He predicted a world where humans would be born genetically engineered, divided into classes, and controlled by a drug called Soma. Today, scientists can do just what Aldous Huxley said would happen in the future.
In ???Brave New World???, Aldous Huxley envisions a world where technology has become so great that it controls human beings and what makes us human. Humans living in ???Brave New World??? have been born out of the womb by test tubes or being cloned. A subconscious persuasion and mind-altering drug called Soma is used to stimulate and calm people who use this drug. The world state in ???Brave New World??? is focused more on security, order, and rank. Their world is more technologically advanced and much protected. They have no disease, no warfare, and no sadness, but most importantly humans sacrificed their sense of emotion, thought, free will, and everything that makes one human to achieve this state. Aldous Huxley??™s vision of this world technology was far beyond his time despite being written in 1932. ???Brave New World??? technology is so advanced they can predetermine your intelligence ?????¦we don??™t need human intelligence.??? (Chapter 1). Even when sleeping you can memorize because a recording is played over and over again and teaches and conditions one, which is called hypnopaedic. The technology overpowers the uses of one??™s mind and doesn??™t give them the freedom to express their feelings. ???All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.??? (Chapter 1).
There is a difference between the world state and the savage reservation. The world state is a very technologically advanced. The world state doesn??™t have books, sports, poetry, or any record of understanding of what the world was like before ???These,??? he said gravely, ???are unpleasant facts; I know it. But then most historical facts are unpleasant.??? (Chapter 2). The state mainly focuses on the progress of technology and science, and also uses science to build technology that creates a seamless, happy, superficial world. On the savage reservation is much like the world today because we are filled with nature and unrestrained knowledge. Unlike the world state the savage reservation allows knowledge, literature, sports, and most importantly the expression of our expressions. Although the savage reservation may not have the technology they are still better than the world state because they live their life the way they want and are not controlled and told what to do. In the savage world they are like today because they are born to parents and not cloned or genetically engineered. They also die on their own and have burials instead of reusing the body and the phosphorus recovery “Phosphorus recovery,” explained Henry telegraphically. “On their way up the chimney the gases go through four separate treatments. P2O5 used to go right out of circulation every time they cremated someone. Now they recover over ninety-eight per cent of it. More than a kilo and a half per adult corpse. Which makes the best part of four hundred tons of phosphorus every year from England alone.” Henry spoke with a happy pride, rejoicing whole-heartedly in the achievement, as though it had been his own. “Fine to think we can go on being socially useful even after were dead. Making plants grow.” (Chapter 5).
In today??™s society, genetic engineering is one of the most controversial topics discussed. Today scientists have the ability to use genetic engineering in most of our foods on the supermarket shelves. Genetically alter foods can be made to be healthier, larger, and quicker to mature than ordinary plant growing. Over the next few years we would be using these methods to engineer fish to grow faster, make cows produce pharmaceuticals in their milk, and even reprogram insects so they may no longer carry infectious diseases.
Aldous Huxley??™s ???Brave New World??? is a book based on his visions and what would happen to our society should technology take over our lives. The world today is not like the ???new world??? in his book yet, but soon will be because of what we see happening in technology and genetic engineering.


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