Brave New World - Huxley about the warnings of cloning

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It has been said that Muhammad is the "Seal of the Prophets," meaning that he was the last. However, the world has recently been graced by another prophet, Aldous Huxley. Huxley's prophetic vision of the future of mankind is unmistakable in his science fiction novel Brave New World in which he delivers a valuable message: people must control advancements in technology before technology controls society. Specifically, Huxley argues that mass cloning will lead to the downfall of humanity. Huxley supports this message with a strong example of a society that is so overrun by technology that the human race has lost its individuality, freedom, and ultimately its identity as human beings. In Brave New World, artificially born humans are genetically engineered, divided into castes, molded into machines through hypnopaedia (sleep learning), and drugs used to further control behavior. The new world appears to be a perfect utopia on the surface as there is no disease, no warfare, and no sadness.

However, the humans have sacrificed thought, feelings, free will, and everything that makes one human to achieve this state of "perfection". Through Brave New World, Huxley states that these sacrifices are far too great to justify the results. He contends that if mankind follows along this same path, human fate will eventually mirror the world revealed in his novel.

Huxley's warning in Brave New World carries much weight because of the truthful predictions he includes in the novel. Despite being written in 1932, Huxley predicts genetic engineering, test-tube babies, cloning, a loss of meaning in sexual relationships, and drug abuse. Many of these predictions were far beyond his time, and all have either come true or are on the brink of occurrence. The most significant of these is his presentiment that artificial production, not childbirth, will be the...