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How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't. Brave New World was Huxley's fifth novel and first dystopian work. Huxley said that Brave New World was inspired by the utopian novels of H. He wrote in a letter to Mrs.

The construction of the new order is based on scientific foundations. The school education of children reinforces the new order. The search for a better world often becomes an excuse for a dictatorship that ma- nipulates society in a variety of ways. As noted by A. Huxley in his text: Brave New World Revisited, the effectiveness of propaganda of all kinds religious or political depends on the methods used, not on the principles proclaimed.

In its storyline it employs all the well-known formal devices, often emulating television aes- thetics. The film provokes intellectual rather than emotional reactions and thus may be treated as an example of postmodern cinema. During a scuffle between David and his sister the remote control is dam- aged and the TV set becomes unoperational.

Pleasantville is a place where everything is the way it should be: life is simple, people are ideal and everything is black and white. No-one is home- 33 A. There are no fires and the fire brigade is called only to take a cat off a tree. It does not even rain; everything that is unde- sirable has been eliminated. Accord- ing to Zygmunt Bauman it is a vision of an ideal state of things, where everything is just right — nothing is lacking and nothing needs to be eliminated; it is a state that has to be created and once it is created, it has to be protected with great care against threats — both real and any other: those which can be imagined and those which can not yet be imagined.

Isolation from the world outside is primarily mental in nature; no-one asks what is outside Pleasantville. David and his sister have a certain advantage over the remaining protag- onists. But when these emotions are activated, the world begins to ac- quire colour. Zygmunt Bauman quoted above remarks that modern utopias are lucid. In a sense this illustrates the distinction into jouissance and plaisir mentioned above, i. When the people of Pleasantville have discovered the library, it turns out that even reproductions of the works by Monet, Rembrandt or Titian may trigger off a similar effect.

The town begins to change and the changes primar- ily worry the adults; the young people submit to them surprisingly easily. The ideal order in the world of Pleasantville invented by television screenwriters falls apart in confrontation with authentic albeit suppressed emotions.

The film straightforwardly mirrors what is rooted in our nature and what is im- posed by culture. The residents meet to decide how to restore order. The beds available in shops can not be wider than 90 cm and sale of umbrellas is banned. Strict preventive measures serve the public interest and as such they are legitimate. Thanks to them the process of socialisation of young people may go on unhindered.

As Huxley points out earlier, the enemies of freedom contaminate the language through their methodical propaganda to seduce and compel their victims to think and act like them. They are manipulators of the mind, they wish to be thought, felt and acted like them.

To learn freedom is also to learn to use speech prop- erly. Klemperer, LTI. Notatnik filologa, Warszawa , p. The time when the story is set is initially difficult to determine as the costumes and the film set give no clues; the viewer intuitively guesses that it must be the 19th cen- tury. The reality presented in the film is an embodiment of order.

The elders watch over the rituals dictating the rhythm of the community life. The peace is only disturbed by the awareness of the threats lurking in the woods sur- rounding the village.

The fear of leaving the village is instilled in the younger generation. The girl does not see the conventional boundaries of the pre-determined order, while the boy is not aware of them.

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The council of the elders is in reality a group of frustrated people hurt by various unfortunate incidents. Disappointed with the 20th century, they decided to break off with it and, in separation from evil but also relinquishing the goods of modern civilisation, they decided to live away from its hustle and bustle, bearing all the consequences of their decision. The village is separated from the hostile world by the woods, while the mythology based on fear ensures that no-one will attempt to know the truth.

On the one hand the school legiti- mises the binding order, on the other, it instils fear of change.

The school is a controlling institution, ensuring the stability of the social world. This reflects the aspirations of all totalitarian systems to subjugate the school and instil the binding ideol- ogy and the decreed social order in its curricula.

Burszta points out that when discussing the relationship be- tween education and popular culture we have to be aware that taking into ac- count the content of the second one in the school curricula forces us to adopt a non-fundamentalist option. Popular culture is a part of cultural reality of contemporary world.

The social discourse takes place exactly on its basis. Internet discussion groups, pop music, TV series, film are the place of circulating and exchange an infor- mation about reality.

In popular culture texts people are searching an inspi- ration for their lives. It is a space of sharing peoples experience. In the words of J. Bruner we seem to construct stories of the real world, so called, much as we construct fictional ones: the same forming rules, the same narrative structures.

We simply do not know, nor will we ever whether we learn about narrative from life or life from narrative: probably both. Reading them, we often encounter extremely accurate diagnoses of current reality.

Thanks to them young people and adults may see more clearly all the entanglements of politics and manipulative practices of those in power by discovering parallels to the present time. Our world is by no means brave, but this is the world that we are living in and we can understand it better thanks to such texts. Warszawa Barker Ch. Benton T. Bruner J. Burszta, O kulturze, kulturze popularnej i edukacji, [in:] Edukacja w czasach popkultury, Eds.

Burszta, A. Bruner, The Culture, p. Carroll N. Fiske J. Gajda J. Kubin, Dom Wydawniczy Elipsa, Warszawa Giroux H. Ma- cLaren, M. Lankshear, Routledge, London Godzic W. Huxley A.

Illeris K. Irzykowski K. But it is a fact, confirmed and re-confirmed during two or three thousand years of religious history, that the ultimate Reality is not clearly and immediately apprehended, except by those who have made themselves loving, pure in heart and poor in spirit. This being so, it is hardly surprising that a theology based upon the experience of nice, ordinary, unregenerate people should carry so little conviction.


This kind of empirical theology is on precisely the same footing as an empirical astronomy, based upon the experience of naked-eye observers. With the unaided eye a small, faint smudge can be detected in the constellation of small, faint smudge can be detected in the constellation of Orion, and doubtless an imposing cosmological theory could be based upon the observation of this smudge.

But no amount of such theorizing, however ingenious, could ever tell us as much about the galactic and extra-galactic nebulae as can direct acquaintance by means of a good telescope, camera and spectroscope.

Analogously, no amount of theorizing about such hints as may be darkly glimpsed within the ordinary, unregenerate experience of the manifold world can tell us as much about divine Reality as can be directly apprehended by a mind in a state of detachment, charity and humility. Natural science is empirical; but it does not confine itself to the experience of human beings in their merely human and unmodified condition. Why empirical theologians should feel themselves obliged to submit to this handicap, goodness only knows.

And of course, so long as they confine empirical experience within these all too human limits, they are doomed to the perpetual stultification of their best efforts. From the material they have chosen to consider, no mind, however brilliantly gifted, can infer more than a set of possibilities or, at the very best, specious probabilities.

Through the upper gate go those whose vocation it is to think and speculate—the born philosophers and theologians. It is through this central door, and just because it is central, that we shall make our entry into the subject matter of this book. The psychology of the Perennial Philosophy has its source in metaphysics and issues logically in a characteristic way of life and system of ethics. Starting from this midpoint of doctrine, it is easy for the mind to move in either direction.

In the present section we shall confine our attention to but a single feature of this traditional psychology—the most important, the most emphatically insisted upon by all exponents of the Perennial Philosophy and, we may add, the least psychological.

For the doctrine that is to be illustrated in this section belongs to autology rather than psychology—to the science, not of the personal ego, but of that eternal Self in the depth of particular, individualized selves, and identical with, or at least akin to, the divine Ground. The more God is in all things, the more He is outside them. The more He is within, the more without.

Eckhart Only the transcendent, the completely other, can be immanent without being modified by the becoming of that in which it dwells.

The natural senses cannot possess God or unite thee to Him; nay, thy inward faculties of understanding, will and memory can only reach after God, but cannot be the place of his habitation in thee. But there is a root or depth of thee from whence all these faculties come forth, as lines from a centre, or as branches from the body of the tree. This depth is called the centre, the fund or bottom of the soul.

This depth is the unity, the eternity—I had almost said the infinity—of thy soul; for it is so infinite that nothing can satisfy it or give it rest but the infinity of God. William Law This extract seems to contradict what was said above; but the contradiction is not a real one.

God within and God without—these are two abstract notions, which can be entertained by the understanding and expressed in words. After learning all the Vedas, he returned home full of conceit in the belief that he was consummately well educated, and very censorious. Do you, sir, therefore give me that knowledge. The gradual specialisation was said to affect both society and the individual: Anxiety about specialisation was to certain extent in answer to the gradual professionalisation of scientists p.

As Gieryn et al. Berlant , D. Klegon , R. Collins and M. Saks In a manner similar to the guilds of the medieval age, the professions guard their epistemic authority from outsiders who want to breach the monopoly.

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The hypothetical manner of the advancement of a profession in society consists of the four steps: They were characterised by contemporary literature and the press as simple minded, insensitive fellows, who are capitalists first and scientists second, who do not understand art and do not care about the social impact of their research pp.

To overcome these stereotypes, scientists attempted to influence the public by forming various pressure groups - needless to say, the idea of socialism was very helpful for them in advancing their goals thanks to its slogans of equity and the potential benefits for socialism which sprang from science.

Capitalising on the respect they had in their own field, scientists tried to alter the public image of their profession. Haldane was among the earliest public advocates of scientific progress, presenting scientists as the hope for the future world in many publications see: Werskey, Julian Huxley in turn contributed to this view in a more theoretical way, with his idea of scientific humanism.

This idea is elaborated in: Baker, Many humanists perceived the prospect of scientific specialists addressing social issues as posing the threat of dehumanisation and total rationalisation on human affairs, which were - according to them - irreducible to the cold scientific outlook. In the same vein, they started to treat the lack of specialist education as something one should be proud of. This kind of anxiety stimulated discussion about universities, both their internal organisation and their institutional impact on the society.

Huxley as Anti-specialist The anxieties about specialisation and education are visible in BNW, where Huxley warns both 1 against the hijack of social theory by scientific rationalisers and 2 against the social impact of specialisation. In BNW scientists who believed in the god-like powers of their profession like J. S Haldane, a specialist with ambitions to speak about society , ultimately became a tool to sustain a social equilibrium actually achieved by them.

They do not care about the metaphysical questions of human existence, merely concerned with the smooth performance of the social tribes. If some distinctly human features are a constant cause of confusion, they are destined to be wiped out thanks to genetics. This is done without any social reflection: Similarly, if freedom of choice results in both good and bad deeds, it can be supplanted by a new quality: Everybody wants what one has to want, because scientists, carefully observing human behaviour, produced the very table Dostoyevsky feared, the one which enables the conditioning of behaviour.

See also: The imperative of happiness undermines also the usefulness of high culture. Teaching history is obsolete, in contrast to specialist education - knowledge of Shakespeare and the pyramids can only stimulate free thinking, which will in turn allow individuals to contemplate everlasting human flaws, diminishing their feelings of happiness.

A bit of humanistic knowledge, which is needed for the Alpha citizens designed to be the leaders, occasionally results in deconditioning and supplies one more reason not to introduce it to the lower castes. The citizens of BNW produce specific goods or do other specialised activities, with no time for contemplation, with no leisure from pleasure. He refuses to publish the book and orders the author kept under supervision.

Although high culture liberates, for the Controller it is more important that it simultaneously stimulates an unpredictable existential uneasiness; a good reason to ban it.

It is clear that Huxley did not approve of the dogmatic belief in science, which was characteristic of his friends and other influential contemporaries like Freud. A fascination with science is nothing bad, he seems to say in BNW, but the supplanting of metaphysics with science will bring disastrous effects.

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If science were to cross over into the arena of human affairs, if it wanted to replace a sensitivity for existential mysteries with its table, its recipe for sensational happiness, it may take away more from people than it is capable of giving, changing them into regularly maintained biological automatons.

Adjusting the amount and quality of individual education to the 28 See: The continuation of his book, picturing the advancement of his predictions in the 21st century would certainly be a challenge for contemporary writers. It seems that Aldous assumed that transcendence, which thanks to Einstein came back as a scientific hypothesis, may once be proven to exist scientifically. Unfortunately, even this revolutionary discovery will remain concealed for the sake of social stability of BNW.

Finally, what is very intriguing and makes BNW even more ambiguous, is that the scientific dictator, the cold-hearted regulator introduces his ordered society of specialists because he possessed the knowledge humanists had always wanted to obtain.

Mond often justifies the regime with behavioural facts and he uses history as empirical material to prove that a different order than the one he proposes will always collapse and result in tremendous suffering. Which of these two alternatives would be better? Constant breakdowns of a free society or the dehumanised but smooth performance?

His vision of the world seems to resemble a play in an ancient Greek theatre - no matter which path humanity takes, it always has to pay for its choices; there are no ideal social solutions. Due to the flaws of human nature every human ideal degenerates and caricatures itself in the process of its application. In other words, a nominalist lacks an external, transcendent perspective to stigmatise the happiness of BNW as false.

The acceptance of the subjective validity of names makes it impossible to do that. This is visible even more sharply at the beginning of the twenty-first century: Ray Kurzweil, a famous futurologist, who after the analysis of empirical data reached the conclusion that technological advancement progresses at exponential rate see: Chart I , claims that thanks to science we will witness the radical change of human constitution Kurzweil, As the philosophical and political questions related to behaviourism are extremely important in BNW, the issue would require a separate elaboration exceeding the scope of this publication.

Toffler, , p. Naisbitt, , pp. The negative effects of specialisation will cease to exist, as the protein-based mechanisms of brain will be reengineered, resulting in the great memorisation capabilities. This will in turn make great, Ranaissance-like syntheses that will reunite fragmented knowledge possible once again.

Linear vs. Kurzweil, , p. His species is ineradicable as the flea; the last man lives longest. Salomone, to be the first steps to theriaca maxima37, the ultimate antidote for the horrors of suffering… Would not BNW be better than the present world?

After all, maximised happiness at the cost of minimised freedom would not be introduced by force. Is suffering without surveillance better than the engineered happiness? One thing is certain. Millions of African children dying from genocide, starvation, malaria and AIDS would definitely welcome the new order with joy. All medicines available to a doctor are chaotically amalgamated into a new mixture with the hope that it may help the patient.

Analogically, the system of BNW is invented in a state of despair about any single social solution that would bring peace. Grzegorz Lewicki g. Baker, J. Barfoot ed. Berlant, Jeffrey L.

University of California Press Bradshaw, David , an introduction in: Huxley, , pp. New York: Academic Cutcliffe, Stephen H. Gracz [Notes from the Underground. Firchow, The End of Utopia: European Studies on Society, Science and Technology.

For details or discussion, please contact the author at: History as a system and other essays toward a philosophy of history, W. Removing the blinkers?: Filozofia Tragedii [Dostoyevsky and Nietzsche. Julian Huxley, evolutionary humanism and the evolutionary synthesis, in: Somsen, G. Kamminga eds. Pursuing the Unity of Science: Snow, C. Oberdiek , Living in a Technological Culture: Studio Vista; quoted in Firchow, , p.

Throughout his lifetime Huxley wrote three futuristic novels, of which BNW was the irst. Only in Island, the most idyllic of these utopian novels, has humanity Knowledge alone will teach us III 2. The 1. The readers seem to believe that even if one cannot be sure 2 The evolution of thought is clearly visible: The latter have ly conditioned BNW citizen to a termite, saying e. Wells, Dostoyevsky, Aldous J. Firchow, , tinised, as the scope of analysis will be narrower.

As to Brave New will vanish, sex will be separated from reproduction. It seems these ideas were taken from who made him familiar with the latest research results J.

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Huxley, II: Haldane, who in his essay the substance of which dates back as J. The table below juxtaposes Brave New World with other published literary works One year later Bertrand Russell published Icarus, a pessimistic answer to which at least partially cover its content when it comes to technological foresight.

Nine years later, at just about the time Huxley was getting down to work on Crome Yellow, 6 The hopes of a medical career he dreamt of were precluded by a staphylococcic eye infection, which damaged Haldane refurbished his essay and read it before the New College Essay Society. This made him laborator, Julian Huxley, was also at Oxford at this time as a biology don Wells, 8. Of course, this conclusion which allows him to stigmatise the universal happiness as false. Of tive, or objective concept?

Firchow, First Inequation — Happiness opposed to Truth to their young pupil, who developed their common vision. The latter are wrapped around the utilitarian conviction 3.

Huxley as Realist that people value happiness over freedom. The free pursuit of an The image of science in BNW is not as straightforward as it may at irst ancient philosophical triad of values Truth, Goodness, Beauty always results seem.

Although the majority of readers will deinitely consider it to be gloomy, in pain and will not give ultimate happiness to an individual.

The principle of ty. One can choose only one side of the inequation simultaneously, never both Wells, who knew that BNW was originally intended to be a satiric answer for his Men Like Gods, rence did so and may have exposed him to the ideas found within its pages Philosophically, one icules it in BNW by showing it is based on the false anthropological assumptions.

In letters from the period of can distinguish many types of nominalism and realism — this is not of great importance in this essay, though. Hacking, Vitoux, Whereas Dostoyevsky curses es the concept in Brave New World Revisited , an essay which concluded the future epoch in advance see: Shestov, As man is an ambiguous creature, his creations are in granted him the freedom of choice between good and evil, but did not prepare principle the same.

The Inquisitor argues that if God was truly loving and powerful, He would not have given man the capacity to cause unspeakable 3. The most unhappy person in the future world will be the Inquisitor himself, who controls humanity and is aware of Having in mind First Inequation, Huxley claims that happiness and the triad human laws. Thus, for his own responsibility he sacriices the freedom given of supreme values cannot be attained simultaneously.

For centuries people sensational happiness. Hitherto efforts to ensure stability were always insuficient, there were a threat and a guarantee of the stability of the BNW regime: When Plato wrote his blest equilibrium in history Plato, , he uttered the thought that the pragmatic state may have some totalitarian features for the sake of its eficiency and stability; this idea, interpreted as an invitation to totalitarianism was criticised in p.

However, it seems all around you? Soon, fears Huxley, this was a choice between World Control and destruction This conclusion After the war science concentrated on ensuring happiness. In contrast to stability attained by satisfying human needs combined with the abolition of this, other two ind their way in the BNW reality.

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After knowing the truth about the sources of stability during pose, science which is harnessed for the sake of the society. In contrast to Helmholtz, who accepts his fate, Marx in a paroxysm of 4. Analysis of the Image despair begs Mond on his knees to change his mind and is eventually carried out by force.

It seems that sanity and a steady life in BNW is impossible when In accordance with the already described ambiguity of human being, the one is too individual