Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Aldous Huxley in 1962 Discusses Psychological Control

I listened to this expecting that he might be warning of the rise of new means of controlling populations. It was less clear as I listened that he was warning of abuse as suggesting caution and thinking that they might be of use. The ultimate revolution? Perhaps the ultimate tyranny? As I listened to this address I thought of C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man which talks of those Huxley is talking about as the conditioners. The danger is always that there are those who imagine themselves superior to the rest of men, superior and hence destined to rule. These men are those Lewis warns of but which Huxley seems to think more equivocally about. Worth a listen.

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