Science Takes Over In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
7 December 2016
Science Takes Over
As Albert Einstein said, “Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it.” Society is constantly trying to use science to create new technology in order to make living easier. If people replace science and technology with what is truly important, like family, knowledge, and emotions, it will lead to the worsening of the society instead of making it better. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, science takes over, which dehumanizes the society and causes them to lack emotions, desires, …show more content…
His grandfather was an autodidact anatomist and a friend and supporter of Darwin. His great grandfather was the headmaster of Rugby. His great uncle was also a great anatomist who theorized the idea that birds once came from dinosaurs which is still believed today and established free public education in England. During his whole writing career he had a lot to live up to which may have influenced his writing. His great uncle, along with his brother, both suffered from severe depression. His brother committed suicide, and lost his mother to cancer. He later lost partial sight from an infection. All of these tragedies are shown through his writing in Brave New World. It is very close to events happening in Huxley’s life and may have influenced the way he wrote the story and explain why he wrote it. Our world today is also making many advances in science and technology. Huxley may have written Brave New World to also show us that if we keep going in this direction and focusing a lot of our attention on science and technology our world today may end up like the World …show more content…
Without any of these, the society is dehumanized because they are being deprived from thinking and feeling on their own unless they go against the World State. This closely relates to our world today because of the many advances in technology and science. As Doctor Carl Sagan said,“We 've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.”
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