Brave new world



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BRAVE NEW WORLD

Introductory Research Topics
Despite being published in 1932, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is at times purposefully reliant on scientific concepts and terminology. Moreover, Huxley was reacting specifically to current events as he wrote, and as such the work will become more meaningful after familiarizing yourself with some of the following key concepts.
Please visit several reliable websites to gather relevant information for the topics and subtopics below. You may create bullet points, but be thorough. The more information you gather now, the easier it will be to understand what Huxley is writing about in the novel. Though you may use Wikipedia, it will not always be the most helpful resource.





ORIGINAL RESEARCH

CONNECTION TO BRAVE NEW WORLD

Ivan Pavlov & BF Skinner

  • Classical conditioning

  • Operant conditioning

  • The “Albert B. Experiments,” or the “Little Albert” experiments




Henry Ford

  • Business interests

  • Treatment of workers

  • Contributions to mass production




Communism

  • What is it? (Find a definition that makes sense to you)

  • “Big Names” of communism – who are they? Name at least three





Human Genetic Engineering

  • Some basic history

  • Progress made (what are scientists working on now?)

  • Moral issues? (Find at least one argument for engineering and one against)





Cloning

  • Process?

  • Find examples of what types of cloning have already been accomplished

  • Moral issues? (Find at least one pro and one con)







Hypnopaedia (sleep-learning)







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