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5.0 von 5 Sternen Revisiting "Brave New World"
In his study, Mr Huxley discusses some of the ideas and observations which inspired him for his futuristic novel "Brave New World". Among the main topics, overpopulation of some parts of the world was a major concern for the author. The rapidly increasing number of people in relation to limited natural resources may lead to social instability and jeopardise the well being...
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"'We also predestine and condition. We decant our babies as socialized human beings, as Alphas or Epsilons, as future sewage workers or future...' He was going to say 'future world controllers,' but correcting himself, said future directors of World Hatcheries.'" Brave New World is a book about the future of Earth. Although Aldous Huxley wrote it around...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Revisiting "Brave New World", 16. März 2005
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In his study, Mr Huxley discusses some of the ideas and observations which inspired him for his futuristic novel "Brave New World". Among the main topics, overpopulation of some parts of the world was a major concern for the author. The rapidly increasing number of people in relation to limited natural resources may lead to social instability and jeopardise the well being of individuals. There is a correlation between people multiplying too rapidly and the rise of totalitarian systems of government. Then the author discusses the issue of what should be undertaken with congenially or mentally insufficient organisms which are the result of unfavourable mutations. Should they be allowed to "contaminate" the genetic pool from which the members of our species will have to draw?
Another problem of modern societies is the fact that the dehumanising effects of their over-organisation, especially in cities, may lead to a high incidence of schizophrenia. In "Brave New World" we see a society where people are never alone. This tendency can already be observed today as William Whyte rightly observes in "The Organisation Man". Concepts like "socially oriented behaviour, team work, group dynamics, acquisition of social skills" are very trendy nowadays.
Other topics are discussed by Mr Huxley such as the concentration of communication-power in the hands of a few big concerns, the danger of people assembled in large crowds who then cease to have any judgement or will of their own - overwhelmed as they are by simplistic slogans - the question of children being conditioned by advertising from a very early age to buying specific products, the problems caused by widely available drugs such as "soma" and the effectiveness of subliminal projections and hypnopaedia.
An altogether interesting read which allows a better understanding of Mr Huxley's "Brave New World".
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4.0 von 5 Sternen BNW re-explained...., 1. Juni 2000
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Be aware that this isn't a sequel to BNW but an explanation of the dangerous mentioned in it, dangers that grow more real with every passing year. Able commentary on issues of conformity, identity, and thought control.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The world is ripe to take Mr. Huxley more seriously, 24. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brave New World Revisited (Taschenbuch)
Mr. Huxley started warning us in 1932, with his masterpiece, "Brave New World." In this essay-style analysis of his own book, written twenty-six years later, he takes it one big step further. Addressing everything from overpopulation to overorganization, his words ring more true with every passing year. Our society needs to lift its head from the computer screen for a few hours to read this critical work. Few, if any, have said so much in so little space. Mr. Huxley is one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, and it is a criminal shame that his words are not more widely read. We should put down our endless self-help manuals and learn where our ills really begin. We need to understand how the roots serve the tree before we can improve upon the tree. Mr. Huxley is an expert gardener...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Großteils zutreffende Prognosen, 15. August 2013
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brave New World Revisited (Taschenbuch)
“Brave New World Revisited” ist keine Fortsetzung von “Brave new World” sondern eine Sammlung von Assays von Aldous Huxley zu Themenkomplexen, die er in seinem berühmten Roman behandelt. Auch in diesen Aufsätzen zeigt er sich visionär, leider lesen Politiker solche Bücher nicht und daher ist vieles von dem so eingetroffen, wie er es 1958 prophezeit.

Das Buch umfasst:

I Over-Population:
“Over-population leads to economic insecurity and social unrest. Unrest and insecurity lead to more control by central governments and an increase of their power. In the absence of a constitutional tradition, this increased power will probably be exercised in a dictatorial fashion. Even if Communism had never been invented, this would be likely to happen. But Communism has been invented. Given this fact, the probability of over-population leading through unrest to dictatorship becomes a virtual certainty. It is a pretty safe bet that, twenty years from now, all the world's over-populated and underdeveloped countries will be under some form of totalitarian rule — probably by the Communist party.” – Ach, wenn es nur der Kommunismus ware. Heute regieren Konzerne und Banken.
“But liberty, as we all know, cannot flourish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near-war footing. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of the central government.” – Ich sag nur NSA Affäre Sommer 2013.

II Quantity, Quality, Morality
“that democracy can hardly be expected to flourish in societies where political and economic power is being progressively concentrated and centralized. But the progress of technology has led and is still leading to just such a concentration and centralization of power. As the machinery of mass production is made more efficient it tends to become more complex and more expensive — and so less available to the enterpriser of limited means. Moreover, mass production cannot work without mass distribution; but mass distribution raises problems which only the largest producers can satisfactorily solve. In a world of mass production and mass distribution the Little Man, with his inadequate stock of working capital, is at a grave disadvantage. In competition with the Big Man, he loses his money and finally his very existence as an independent pro­ducer; the Big Man has gobbled him up. […]In a capitalist democracy, such as the United States, it is controlled by what Professor C. Wright Mills has called the Power Elite. This Power Elite directly employs several millions of the country's working force in its factories, offices and stores, controls many millions more by lending them the money to buy its products, and, through its ownership of the media of mass communication, influences the thoughts, the feel­ings and the actions of virtually everybody. To parody the words of Winston Churchill, never have so many been manipulated so much by so few.” – Treffer, Versenkt.

III Over-Organization
“They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their per­fect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted, still cherish "the illusion of indi­viduality," but in fact they have been to a great extent deindividualized. Their conformity is developing into something like uniformity.” – Zu diesem Thema sind in den letzen Jahren einige Bücher erschienen. Auch hier: Volltreffer.
„In politics the equivalent of a fully developed scientific theory or phi­losophical system is a totalitarian dictatorship.” – Siehe Spielethorie und Schirrmachers Ego.
“An organiza­tion is neither conscious nor alive. Its value is instru­mental and derivative. It is not good in itself; it is good only to the extent that it promotes the good of the individuals who are the parts of the collective whole. To give organizations precedence over persons is to subordinate ends to means.” – Na viel Glück, das den heutigen Politikern klar zu machen, die den Markt über das Individuum und ganze Völker stellen.

IV Propaganda in a Democratic Society
“[…] no people in a precarious economic condition has a fair chance of being able to govern itself demo­cratically. Liberalism flourishes in an atmosphere of prosperity and declines as declining prosperity makes it necessary for the government to intervene ever more frequently and drastically in the affairs of its subjects.”
“Propaganda in fa­vor of action dictated by the impulses that are below self-interest offers false, garbled or incomplete evi­dence, avoids logical argument and seeks to influence its victims by the mere repetition of catchwords, by the furious denunciation of foreign or domestic scape­goats, and by cunningly associating the lowest pas­sions with the highest ideals, so that atrocities come to be perpetrated in the name of God and the most cynical kind of Realpolitik is treated as a matter of reli­gious principle and patriotic duty.[…] In their propaganda today's dictators rely for the most part on repetition, suppression and rationalization — the repetition of catchwords which they wish to be accepted as true, the suppression of facts which they wish to be ignored, the arousal and rationaliza­tion of passions which may be used in the interests of the Party or the State.” – Eine treffende Beschreibung der aktuellen Politik der Regierung Merkel.
“In the democratic West there is economic censorship and the media of mass communication are controlled by members of the Power Elite.”

V Propaganda Under a Dictatorship
“In Hitler's words, the propagandist should adopt "a systematically one-sided attitude to­wards every problem that has to be dealt with." He must never admit that he might be wrong or that people with a different point of view might be even partially right. Opponents should not be argued with; they should be attacked, shouted down, or, if they be­come too much of a nuisance, liquidated.” – Die NSA Affäre wurde von Profalle und der deutschen Regierung für beendet erklärt…
"only constant repetition will finally succeed in imprinting an idea upon the memory of a crowd." – Deutschland geht es gut!

VI The Arts of Selling
“A dictatorship, on the other hand, maintains itself by censoring or distorting the facts, and by appealing, not to reason, not to enlightened self-interest, but to passion and prej­udice, to the powerful "hidden forces," as Hitler called them, present in the unconscious depths of every human mind.” – Ja, die Angst der Deutschen vor der Inflation und die bösen, faulen Hartzer und Griechen.
“Self-government is in inverse ratio to numbers. The larger the constituency, the less the value of any par­ticular vote. When he is merely one of millions, the individual elector feels himself to be impotent, a negligible quantity.”
“They make no attempt to educate the masses into becoming fit for self-government; they are content merely to manipulate and exploit them. For this pur­pose all the resources of psychology and the social sciences are mobilized and set to work. Carefully selected samples of the electorate are given "interviews in depth." These interviews in depth reveal the unconscious fears and wishes most prevalent in a given society at the time of an election.” – So hat Obama die letzte Wahl gewonnen. Physiker, Facebook und Spieletheorie.

VII Brainwashing
“For, ironically enough, the only people who can hold up indefinitely under the stress of modern war are psychotics. Individual insanity is immune to the consequences of collective insanity.” – An der Spitze von Banken und Konzernen häufen sich soziopathische Verhaltensmuster.

VIII Chemical Persuasion
Exkurs in die Geschichte der Psychopharmaka, von denen die meisten, wie Meprobamate und Iproniazid heute verboten sind.

IX Subconscious Persuasion
“In real life, life as it is lived from day to day, the individual can never be explained away.” – Stimmt, dennoch glaubt man heute an Schwarmintelligenz.

X Hypnopaedia
“Leider” funktioniert Lernen im Schlaf bis heute nicht wirklich.

XI Education for Freedom
“Lacking the ability to impose genetic uniformity upon embryos, the rulers of tomorrow's over-populated and over-organized world will try to impose social and cul­tural uniformity upon adults and their children.”
1937 wurde von Mr. Fileneein Institut gegründet, dass sich der Erforschung von Propaganda verschrieben hatte. „ The Institute was closed in 1941. But even before the outbreak of hostilities, there were many persons to whom its activities seemed profoundly objectionable. Certain educators, for exam­ple, disapproved of the teaching of propaganda anal­ysis on the grounds that it would make adolescents unduly cynical. Nor was it welcomed by the military authorities, who were afraid that recruits might start to analyze the utterances of drill sergeants. And then there were the clergymen and the advertisers. The clergymen were against propaganda analysis as tend­ing to undermine belief and diminish churchgoing; the advertisers objected on the grounds that it might undermine brand loyalty and reduce sales.”

XII What Can Be Done?
“There could and, I think, there should be legislation to prevent political candidates not merely from spending more than a certain amount of money on their election campaigns, but also to prevent them from resorting to the kind of anti-rational propaganda that makes non­sense of the whole democratic process.” – Dabei hatte der Autor die Wahlplakate der Bundestagswahl von 2013 noch gar nicht gesehen!
“Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast and editorial — but democracy and free­dom in a strictly Pickwickian sense. Meanwhile the ruling oligarchy and its highly trained elite of sol­diers, policemen, thought-manufacturers and mind-manipulators will quietly run the show as they see fit.” – Klingt nach USA 2013
“Therefore, if you wish to avoid dictatorship by referendum, break up modern society's merely functional collectives into self-governing, voluntarily cooperating groups, capable of functioning outside the bureaucratic systems of Big Business and Big Government.”
“Thus, it is a political axiom that power follows property. But it is now a historical fact that the means of production are fast becoming the monopolistic property of Big Business and Big Government. Therefore, if you believe in democracy, make arrangements to distribute property as widely as possible.” = Umfairteilen.
“We know that it is unsafe to allow power to be concentrated in the hands of a ruling oligarchy;” – Wie den Banken?!
Peckham Experiment

Einige Dinge sind natürlich heute überholt. DDT als Wundermittel, das Menschen rettet? Mittlerweile dürfte es wohl mehr getötet haben, als die Mücken, die es vernichten sollten. Insgesamt jedoch, hat Huxley Großteils ins Schwarze getroffen. Von wegen, das ist alles Überraschend, das konnte keiner ahnen. 1958 war das, was heute passiert schon klar und vorhersehbar! Leider sind Politiker anscheinend entweder Analphabeten und lesen keine Klassiker und sind somit wohl einfach nur ungebildet und dumm.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An insightful look at oppressive society, 27. April 2000
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In "Brave New World" (BNW) Aldous Huxley describes a controlled, class-structured society that uses eugenics, mental control by sleep conditioning, sexual freedom without attachment, and the euphoric drug "soma" to mold its members into bland compliance. Huxley writes with a fine dry humor, but BNW's overall tone is oppressive.
There are similarities between Huxley's BNW and today's society: eugenically-controlled population classes versus today's racial classes; mental control by sleep conditioning versus today's social conditioning by music, movies, and television; and soma versus today's drug Ecstasy. Yet Huxley's BNW description is incomplete. BNW lacks an economic basis. Huxley discusses no BNW societal goals beyond survival of *society*. Poverty exists in BNW but Huxley presents society from an affluent viewpoint -- the lives of BNW's poorer members are not chronicled. And although BNW was written before the existence of HIV/AIDS, Huxley does not discuss syphilis and gonorrhea (the sexually transmitted diseases in 1931) when he presents BNW's sexual freedom without attachment.
In "Brave New World Revisited" (BNWR) Huxley reexamines BNW in terms of society in 1958. Here Huxley examines the methods used by Hitler, Stalin and psychology to mold and control human minds and behavior. Huxley predicts that overpopulation will require excessive control of individuals in order to ensure society's existence. Huxley also predicts that excessive control will replace individual initiative and freedom with (universally medicated) compliant mentalities. Based upon 1958's society, Huxley states that society *is* unstoppably headed toward the excessively controlled Brave New World.
Huxley's tone within BNWR is pedantic. Yet given Huxley's post-World War II viewpoint plus his belief that society is unstoppably replacing individual freedom with societal control, writing with a fine dry wit would have been inappropriate.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A gramme is better than a damn, Aldous, 16. Oktober 1999
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It's not as pessimistic as "1984" nor as cleverly metaphorical as "Animal Farm", but I hold both "Brave New World" and its cousin, the non-fiction analysis of Huxley's text ("Brave New World Revisited") higher in my esteem than either.
Huxley himself was a brilliant man (what else can u expect, descending from Darwin's Bulldog himself?), and BNW is a brilliant novel. It's my favourite kind of book, just bursting at the seams with ideas and thoughts and theories, and told craftily through the eyes of a cast of intriguing characters.
Because, aside from being a brilliant novel, such fantastic three-dimensional creations as Bernard Marx, Helmholtz Watson, Lenina Crowne and John the Savage will win you over forever. That's what makes this prophetic combination of BNW and BNWR so effective; the first shows you a startling vision of the future, and how it affects a wonderful cast you'll come to love; the second is a thought-provoking analysis written some years later, considering just how far the world has progressed towards achieving that 'utopia'. All kids should read this book at some stage. After all, we're the future (apparently), and this is a memorable example of what we do NOT want it to become.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely Complex Theme, 13. Mai 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brave New World (Taschenbuch)
After reading this book one must think who is correct, John ot the inhabitants of the Brave New World. One can say that it is a false happiness that the people of Brave New World feel but how can you condemn them if it is the greatess happiness they have ever known or felt. John bleieves true happiness must be accomplished after one has suffered and fought for their own happiness instead of having it handed it to them. It raises the question; If you could be permanently hooked connected to wires that would make you have endless pleasure and happiness for the rest of you life would you? Even if it meant you would be strapped into a chair for the rest of your life? After reading this book the question should be re-evaluated. Personally I disagree with John and I would sit it that chair.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A serious, intellectual book., 28. Juli 2000
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I would reccomend this book to a serious reader who is looking for intellectual stimulus. It is not a science fiction thriller, and if you are not prepared to consider challenging ideas, I would not. "Brave New World" discusses a negative utopia where humans are slaves to thier "conditioning" or a pavlovian effect used to control them. All their wants are fulfilled but in reality they are no more than biological inanamate objects. What makes this book so impressive is that was written in 1931, but predicts many modern human developments including mass media and "the invasion of privacy", biological engineering, and mood-altering drugs.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent book that questions government control, 4. März 1999
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I am a high school student who studied this book for an English independent study. It is one of the most intriguing books I have ever read. It is written as a futuristic prediction of what the world might be like if the progess of science and governmental control are not checked. The theory of the government in Brave New World is that in order to ensure a stable society (Utopia) the individual must not exist. I strongly recommend this book as it provokes serious critical thought on the part of the reader.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of my favorite, 30. März 1998
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This book was one of the favorite I have ever read. Huxley disguises the meaning of the book at the beginning, but if you give it a chance, you will love it. The story of the future in which everything has been sacrificed, Brave New World is about a man who knows about Earth's past, but the people created by bottles are ignorant of the world. The people are made to repeat a cycle over and over without knowing any reason for life. In savage reservations, where people live in the past, like we do today, one
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