Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Brave New World

In his column Monday titled "Senator Frist's grave mistake," Cal Thomas warns us: . . .

If Congress passes a bill allowing federal funding for stem cell research and President Bush's threatened veto is overridden, the world envisioned by Aldous Huxley in his novel "Brave New World" will be ever closer.

Consider a portion of the plot summary (Sparknotes.com): "The novel opens in the Central London Hatching and Conditioning Centre, where the Director of the Hatchery and one of his assistants ... are giving a tour to a group of boys. The boys learn about the Bokanovsky and Podsnap Processes that allow the Hatchery to produce thousands of nearly identical human embryos.

"During the gestation period the embryos travel in bottles along a conveyor belt through a factorylike building, and are conditioned to belong to one of five castes: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, or Epsilon. The Alpha embryos are destined to become the leaders and thinkers of the World State. Each of the succeeding castes is conditioned to be slightly less physically and intellectually impressive. The Epsilons, stunted and stupefied by oxygen deprivation and chemical treatments, are destined to perform menial labor."

Coming soon.

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