Revisiting a Brave New World

First edition cover

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A lot of us read Brave New World in school, but this edition, Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited, includes a provocative comparison Huxley makes between the world he predicted in 1931 and what happened in 1960.

Yes, Huxley missed the boat a bit. We certainly aren’t being decanted at birth, flying around in helicopters, and creating intelligence-based class societies. In Huxley’s defense, though, I don’t believe he was trying to predict so much as to educate about the dangers of a society driven by technology, consumption, and recreational pharmacology. As he points out, he did get a lot of interesting points right, which is why this book is still worth the read 80 years after Huxley first set pen to paper.

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