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What is the point of conditoning Huxley's "Brave New World"?

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cristy-09 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 10, 2009 at 1:47 PM via web

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What is the point of conditoning Huxley's "Brave New World"?

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danylyshen | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted March 11, 2009 at 9:29 AM (Answer #1)

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The world controller conditions the embryos and the young children of Brave New World because conditioning certain castes to fit into their designated roles, the society is stable. Conditioning is a valuable tool in the name of social stability. Conditioning occurs as early as the embryonic stage as the embryos travel down a conveyor belt. Alphas are given more oxygen so that they develop into intellectual leaders, and the Epsilons are deprived of oxygen or alcohol is given to make the individual less intellectual and more of a hearty worker. Hypnopaedia is another valuable tool for social stability because it keeps all of the classes in line and behaving correctly in their social roles. When Lenina repeats her hypnopaedic sayings almost mindlessly, she's demonstrating the almost unconscious and very strong role of conditioning.

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