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  • Brave New World: A Book Review

    06/18/2017 10:39:53 AM PDT · by pcottraux · 19 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | June 18, 2017 | Philip Cottraux
    By Philip Cottraux When I reviewed 1984, at least a dozen people told me that I should read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World next. The two novels apparently serve as twin companion pieces in the “negative utopia” genre, where the ideal of a hopeful future for man is turned on its head into a dark dystopian warning for us all. 1984 was published in 1949 as the world was still reeling from the Second World War. Orwell’s totalitarianism was a combination of Soviet Russia mixed with the fear of the kind of power emerging technology would bring. Brave New World...
  • An artificial womb successfully grew baby sheep and humans could be next

    04/26/2017 8:39:52 PM PDT · by heartwood · 26 replies
    The Verge ^ | 4/25/2017 | Rachel Becker
    Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, they sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow, according to a new study that takes the first step toward an artificial womb. One day, this device could help to bring premature human babies to term outside the uterus but right now, it has only been tested on sheep. Its appealing to imagine a world where artificial wombs grow...
  • Huxley to Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949)

    03/17/2015 3:54:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Open Culture ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jonathan Crow
    In 1949, George Orwell received a curious letter from his former high school French teacher. Orwell had just published his groundbreaking book Nineteen Eighty-Four, which received glowing reviews from just about every corner of the English-speaking world. His French teacher, as it happens, was none other than Aldous Huxley who taught at Eton for a spell before writing Brave New World (1931), the other great 20th century dystopian novel.
  • Nov. 22, 1963: A look at the lives of JFK, C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley

    11/24/2013 1:14:57 PM PST · by jocon307 · 12 replies
    Desert News (Tip o'the hat Ace of Spades) ^ | 11/21/2013 | Jackie Hicken
    Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but the day also marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of famed authors C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley. Test your knowledge of these three historical giants with this quiz.
  • The Greatest Painting? So Aldous Huxley deemed Piero della Francescas Resurrection of Christ

    09/21/2013 10:12:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/21/2013 | M. D. Aeschliman
    It was in a 1925 essay entitled The Best Picture that Aldous Huxley made the claim that a 1478 fresco painting by Piero della Francesca (142092), in the little Italian town of San Sepolcro (Holy Sepulcher) in the upper Tiber valley, was the greatest picture in the world. It is true that critics and connoisseurs before Huxley, and many after him, also made very high claims for Pieros relatively few surviving paintings. Much of his work, sadly, was destroyed shortly after his death, and in the early 1800s vandalistic Napoleonic French troops fired damaging shots at his great fresco...
  • Brave New World (is Here!)

    04/29/2012 9:16:09 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 28, 2012 | KYLE SMITH
    Brave New World (is Here!) If Orwells 1984 is a cautionary tale about what we in the capitalist West largely avoided, Aldous Huxleys Brave New World is largely about what we got a consumerist, post-God happyland in which people readily stave off aging, jet away on exotic vacations and procreate via test tubes. They have access to Feelies similar to IMAX 3-D movies, no-strings-attached sex, anti-anxiety pills and abortion on demand. They also venerate a dead high-tech genius, saying Ford help him in honor of Henry Ford just as today we practically murmur In Jobs We Trust. In many...
  • Read Aldous Huxleys review of 1984 he sent to George Orwell

    03/06/2012 11:42:56 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 85 replies
    IO9 ^ | Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 Latest Stories | Cyriaque Lamar
    Read Aldous Huxleys review of 1984 he sent to George Orwell Several months after George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984 was published in 1949, Aldous Huxley sent a letter to his former French pupil. The Brave New World author had received a copy of 1984 from the publisher at Orwell's behest, but his poor eyesight prevented him from finishing the book for several months. In his letter to Orwell, the fifty-year-old author compared the two books' screwed-up futures and saw the Orwellian Oceanic dystopia as a predecessor to his own World State. Wrote Huxley in October 1949: Agreeing with all that...
  • Jim Morrison's Dad Breaks Silence

    11/13/2006 4:50:46 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 72 replies · 23,626+ views
    ROCK 103 Memphis ^ | November 9, 2006 | AP
    "The fact that he's dead is unfortunate but looking back on his life it's a very pleasant thought."The father of late The Doors singer Jim Morrison has branded the death of his estranged son "unfortunate," despite the rocker often singing about his family's imagined demise. George Morrison, a retired Navy admiral, insists memories of his rocker son are "pleasant" - even though he once joked his parents were dead and used Oedipal rant "The End" to imagine killing his dad and sleeping with his mother. However, in a new memoir of the band, George remains positive about his child. Contributing...
  • Human species 'may split in two'

    10/18/2006 8:41:09 AM PDT · by Sopater · 48 replies · 2,076+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2006/10/17 08:47:57 GMT
    Humanity may split into an elite and an underclass, says Dr Curry Human species 'may split in two' Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years' time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said. Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge. The human race would peak in the year 3000, he said - before a decline due to dependence on technology. People would become choosier about their sexual partners, causing humanity to divide into sub-species, he added. The descendants of the genetic...
  • 52 Reasons To Stop Mowing (Zot a la Gallagher)

    07/25/2006 6:58:41 AM PDT · by fruitarian108 · 420 replies · 6,084+ views
    Fruitarian Network ^ | 1973 first version | Nonmowing Coalition
    52 REASONS NOT TO MOW 37 WAYS TO HELP TREES Please download with 100% cotton, rice, recycled, or scrap paper Ron Howard, director of A Beautiful Mind and many other films,made his first film at age 8.. an anti mowing film which showed the nature of mowers' attacks on lawns. Art Buchwald: People shouldn't be judged by the length of their grass. In 2003 through now, the world has seen floods, famine, fire, mudslides, hurricanes, tornados and other disasters created by the unprecedented destruction of trees around the world. Trees are nature's weather stabilizers. We need trillions of trees.. new...
  • Hi - I'm new here and like to post random items I receive in email, please don't ZOT me.

    06/10/2006 4:25:12 PM PDT · by concernedcitizenusa · 95 replies · 6,860+ views
    snopes ^ | 6-10-2006 | ConcernedCitizenUSA
    THESE ARE THE SENATORS WHO VOTED TO GIVE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL PARTY, THESE POLITICIANS NEED TO BE DEFEATED IN 2006, 2008 OR 2010, WHENEVER THEY NEXT COME UP FOR OFFICE. SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW; THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION -- THAT IS, UNLESS THEY DO NOT MIND SHARING THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY WITH FOREIGN WORKERS WHO NEVER PAID INTO IT AND AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE BEING LEFT OUT. Grouped by Home State Alabama: Alaska: Stevens (R-AK), Yea Arizona: McCain (R-AZ), Yea Arkansas: Lincoln (D-AR), Yea Pryor (D-AR),...
  • Malvo and the War Debate (ZOT!!! Why not to go off antipsychotic meds without a doctors guidance)

    05/29/2006 6:48:25 AM PDT · by DanPride · 80 replies · 4,217+ views
    Me | Today | Dan Pride
    I am curious why none of the media covers the most important aspect of the Malvo shootings. If you look at Newspapers on the dates when the shootings are underway you discover something I find quite interesting. The shootings begin to dominate the news the day before the debate on the Iraq war starts and they catch them the day after the declaration of war??? If you ask most people "do you remember the debate about starting the second Iraq war", they will all answer "yes of course". But if you followup with the question "name one point in the...
  • What is a FReeper? (zot)

    05/30/2006 12:41:24 PM PDT · by Uddercha0s · 183 replies · 7,024+ views
    5/30/06 | Uddercha0s
    I recently received a reply to a post that stated: "This should be beneath a "freeper". Sad." So I asked.. what is it that makes a FReeper? My reply (and I will admit was tasteless) was also questioning. It stirred controversy and was removed? Why Moderators? Can you not tell me? Did it not meet with your "FReeper" mentality? According to all posted guidelines it should be listed but no, you chose to delete it. Yes.. I'm the first one IBTZ, I'm sure you'll nick me for speaking up..
  • Communism and human nature (Bolshie Mod sez, Arise ye kittens of the earth!)

    04/05/2005 10:50:57 AM PDT · by Sammy sam · 153 replies · 8,234+ views
    Many argue that communism will never be possible because of "human nature". The essence of this false argument is the belief that a communist society would consist of an all-powerful central government that would tell everybody what to do--and would therefore undermine the creative initiative of individuals and the search for happiness. This argument is based on two false assumptions: (1) It assumes that a communist society will look like the former Soviet Union, or the current China, North Korea, etc (ie: corrupt police states with a feudal-style ruling class) (2) It assumes that people will only work in...
  • why do you guys keep banning me? (Zot! Because we can) (Juwish modz totally rewl!)

    06/30/2004 10:19:24 AM PDT · by jj_fate · 65,599 replies · 239,374+ views
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    why do people keep banning me everytime I put up interesting articles? I work for a website I think some of you are familiar with called phantirath weekly world news and each time we put somthing up on FR no matter how conservative it is it keeps getting banned. Whats the matter with it?! Damn man what are you marxist socialists communists? I just got a call this mroning from a Juwish friend of mine who said that you banned an important article about Zionism and Noam Federman and about how we were to support israel. I thought you guys...
  • It was Forty Years Ago Today: Kennedy, Lewis, and Huxley Passed Away

    11/22/2003 3:24:45 PM PST · by Sabertooth · 19 replies · 410+ views
    A bit of trivia, and some links...Between Heaven and Hell ... John F. Kennedy, CS Lewis, and Aldous Huxley all died on November 22, 1963. What if they all met after death, somewhere between heaven and hell? ...www.christianity-books.com/ Between_Heaven_and_Hell_0877843899.html - 16k - Cached - Similar pagesNovember 22 - Wikipedia ... November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years ... lyricist; 1963 - Aldous Huxley, author; 1963 - CS Lewis, author; 1963 - John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the ...en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_22 - 19k - Cached - Similar pages 1963 - Wikipedia ... 22 - John F. Kennedy is assassinated...
  • Three Died That Day: Reflections on November 22, 1963

    11/21/2003 12:42:27 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 21 replies · 797+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 21 Nov 03 | Chuck Colson
    Forty years ago, November 22, 1963, a paralyzed world watched the horror of John F. Kennedy's assassination, a dark day in American history many of us remember. That same day two other notable personalities quietly breathed their last and exited the world almost without notice. British writer Aldous Huxley, author of the grim, futuristic novel BRAVE NEW WORLD, died in Los Angeles. C. S. Lewis, now regarded as the most influential Christian writer of the twentieth century, also died that day at his home in Oxford. Historians continue to debate the significance of Kennedy's brief, meteoric career. In life, he...
  • My Own Private Orwell - Why the high priest of dystopia still matters

    06/19/2003 11:01:02 AM PDT · by A Vast RightWing Conspirator · 10 replies · 500+ views
    Hartford Advocate ^ | June 19, 2003 | Alan Bisbort
    Hartford Advocate: My Own Private Orwell Why the high priest of dystopia still matters My Own Private Orwell Why the high priest of dystopia still matters Why the high priest of dystopia still matters by Alan Bisbort - June 19, 2003 Also see cover art PETER M. MORLOCK PHOTO ILLUSTRATION Orwell with his mother in 1903 Orwell's fether in 1903 Before an Eton game, 1921 While he was still Eric Blair, late 1920s One of Orwell's early novels, 1936 Orwell in Wallington Churchyard, 1939 The animal fable that made Orwell famous, 1945 Had he lived to be an old man...
  • Enslaved Through Pleasure

    07/23/2002 2:12:22 PM PDT · by grimalkin · 8 replies · 278+ views
    A Slice of Infinity ^ | 07/23/02 | Ravi Zacharias
    When we consider pleasure, we do a tremendous injustice if we find the entertainment media to be the sole culprit of promoting illegitimate pleasure or hedonism. The subject is far too complex a web, which we have all shared in spinning.Link to the rest of this short transcript. It can't be reproduced here in it's entirety due to retransmission restrictions.
  • Huxley's Hucksters

    05/10/2002 1:47:25 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 3 replies · 137+ views
    First Things ^ | 4/02 | Mark Gauvreau Judge
    The Guggenheim museum recently announced the finalists for the Hugo Boss prize, which is worth $50,000 and given every two years to an artist whose work represents a significant development in contemporary art. The finalists represent contemporary art, all right, and not only in the sense that their works are mostly silly. As Aldous Huxley knew, they are also works of artistic cowardice. Here are a few of the Guggenheim finalists, as described by the New York Times: Francis Als, who deals with the absurdity of urban life through his collaborations with local artists and craftsmen in a variety of...