Lecture_11_BNW1 - Brave New World 1 IAH 206 Ferkany Brave New World(BNW Major theme Progress social control through psychopharmacology

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Brave New World, 1 IAH 206 Ferkany
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Brave New World (BNW) Major theme: Progress, social control through psychopharmacology, biotechnology Related themes: What is our vision of the good life? What does it mean to be human? Does human nature place moral limits on the technologies we should use, how far we should use them? An important connection to 1984 : 1984 a dystopia in which individual freedom is curtailed by coercion In BNW, genetically engineered individuals happily consent to curtailment of their freedom Is BNW a utopia or dystopia? How important is happiness to us? Are we willing to give up our freedom/autonomy for it?
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BNW—Basic setting, characters, and plot Setting London, England, year A.F. 632 (‘after Ford’) during a period of world peace and stability Society— Hierarchical, made up of castes genetically engineered to be content with their social role, e.g. Alphas—bred for intellectual work Epsilons—bred for menial labor No families, lasting interpersonal relationships Children ‘decanted’ in factories, raised in nurseries Culture and vision of the good life—’Hedonistic consumerism’ Many pleasures available; sex, soma, the feelies, music No shortage of basic and luxury goods
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course IAH 206 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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Lecture_11_BNW1 - Brave New World 1 IAH 206 Ferkany Brave New World(BNW Major theme Progress social control through psychopharmacology

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