02 April 2012

Happiness in a brave new world

"The world's stable now. People are happy: they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get. They're well off; they're safe; they're never ill; they're not afraid of death: they're blissfully ignorant of passion and old age; they're plagued with no mothers or fathers; they've got no wives, or children, or lovers to feel strongly about; they're so conditioned that they practically can't help behaving as they ought to behave." (A. Huxley Brave New World 1932 Folio Society ed. 1971 p.151)

Sounds like a neuroscientist's ideal for the future, doesn't it? Totalized efficient causality in linear time.

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