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What is the point of conditioning in Brave New World by Aldous Huxley?

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The purpose of conditioning is to create a completely uniform society that is both efficient and stable. In the Fertilizing Room, each embryo experiences a specified amount of exposure to certain conditions, which corresponds to the embryos' future castes. For example, fetuses designated to work in tropical climates are exposed to hot conditions. In the Nurseries, infants are conditioned to hate literature and nature, which makes them more conditioned to remain indoors and less inclined to search for knowledge. The government desires its citizens to consume products instead of enjoying the natural environment and prefers its citizens to reject intellectual endeavors. The infants are also conditioned using hypnopædia, which is essentially sleep-teaching. While the infants are asleep, they listen to repetitive speeches designated for their specific castes. These radio programs teach infants to be proud of their social caste in order to avoid future class conflict. Infants also engage in...

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