Here’s a funny one (in both senses of the word). Aldous Huxley wrote back in 1958 that… “…the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or it might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western more...
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I’m never fully sure whether the man is advocating his ‘Utopia’ or not; by the sounds of it he would have been the first to admit that he changed his views more often than he changed his socks. However, I … Continue reading ?
Even with all their dystopian prescience, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell or Philip K Dick did not foresee a future state that would monitor its citizens' sweat for signs of deviant, boozy behaviour. I mean, what kind of swirling mind would it take to think up a system whereby citizens would walk around with sweat-reading gadgets [...]
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Today marks the 120th birthday of English novelist and prolific essayist Aldous Huxley. The Brave New World author’s scathing critique of the mass media and the government (and their use of technology) positioned him at the center of intellectual discourse and made him one of the most widely read science fiction authors of his time. Show More Summary
Aldous Huxley would be doing the "told-you-so-dance" as control of the population (particularly the non-elites) has reached levels only he could have dreamed of. In the latest government plan, hot on the heels of "cash-for-clunkers"Show More Summary
Is there already a term for when you slack off on your slackening? If not, how about 'Tuesday'. MSNBC's Krystal Ball's High School Book Reports Brave New World review, by Krystal Ball Aldous Huxley's idealistic vision of the future is...
Guest Post: In the words of Aldous Huxley: “There is only one corner of the universe that you are certain of improving and that is your own self.” Wearables are THE tool for self-improvement, or as we like to call it, self-mastery.
Quotes: Name: Pablo Picasso Body: “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Name: Aldous Huxley Body: “The surest way to work up a crusade in favour of some good cause is to promise people they...Show More Summary
"Generalized intelligence and mental alertness are the most powerful enemies of dictatorship and at the same time the basic conditions of effective democracy." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary
“Perhaps it’s good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he’s happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?” ~Aldous Huxley~ Artists are often characterized as moody, dark, misunderstood. Show More Summary
The author Aldous Huxley is best known for his novel Brave New World, about a dystopian global society where humans are split before birth into castes and programmed to consume voraciously, to numb themselves with drugs and casual sex,...
Aaron Cline Hanbury, The Atlantic: The author's death barely made headlines 50 years ago when he died on the same day as JFK and Aldous Huxley. But today, his writings are more relevant than ever. amid all of the attention to these three...Show More Summary
Aldous Huxley, author of the novel Brave New World, died 50 years ago last week. Let’s use this auspicious milestone to take a look back at his predictions for the year 2000, made in 1950. More »
Simon Usborne doesn’t want us to forget that two literary giants also left us on November 22, 1963: [Aldous] Huxley died [of cancer] at 5:20pm, London time, on 22 November 1963. About ten minutes later, CS Lewis died [of renal failure]. Just under an hour after that, of course, JFK was shot and killed in Dallas. There […]
Today is the 50th anniversary not only of John F Kennedy’s death but also of Aldous Huxley’s. So amid all the Kennedy commemorating let us also mark Huxley’s passing with a reminder of how scarily prescient his most famous novel was. Here are five ways in which the nightmare fiction of Brave New World has [...]
One might imagine them encountering John F. Kennedy in the antechamber of the afterlife. I've been planning for a while to write this as the first post today, but I'm pleased to see that there are many news stories this morning honor the 3 men who shared a death date. Show More Summary
All three exited the mundus sensibilis 50 years ago, today. Whither? The Whither like the Whence remain in suspense. The three illustrate the truth that "The pen is mightier than the sword" (Bulwer-Lytton). A Brit's take on 22 November. Related...