Aldous Huxley and Brave New World: The Dark Side of Pleasure

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Academy of Ideas : I highly recommend checking out both the novel Brave New World, as well as Huxley’s Brave New World Revisited where he discusses the elements of his fictional dystopian society he thought would prove a threat in the near future. Find the affiliate links below: Brave New World Revisited: https://amzn.to/2tgGgO8 Brave New World: https://amzn.to/2Mathok You can read the transcript of the video here: https://academyofideas.com/2018/06/aldous-huxley-brave-new-world-dark-side-of-pleasure

Austin Esquillin : It feels like I haven't heard from you in forever

Stephanie Darling : Brave New World is so telling of our times.

DP sombra : This channel is among the few reasons I decide to keep remaining alive.

John Balfour : Consider, also, the now fashionable idea in intellectual circles that we have no free will. The arguments for it are flimsy, but it is enough that the intelligentsia and pseudo-intellectuals now parrot the belief for the masses to swallow. From no free will, it's not a very large logical leap to having no real responsibilities, no morals/ethics, and, most importantly from the authoritarian view, no rights.

R-Type : Dear Viewer, Truth has been once again smacked right into your face. You can now chose to feel a bit better and superior to others for a moment, give the video a thumbs up and move on to another distraction - Not realizing that this is exactly part of the conditioned behavior which just a few minutes ago was critiqued in the video. Or you can chose to take another route this time - realizing that you, like everyone else around, have been purposefully conditioned to play your role. That it will take a ton of work and pain to free yourself from it, but that you can't act anymore as if you don't know better. Your life, your choice. Have a good day...

The Compiler : This is the content I like to be distracted with.

godhead : The common citizen doesn't know what truth or freedom is anymore. They are conditioned what they should like, and they believe what they like to believe. People are so enslaved they don't know how to think. They are less human.

M Ahmad S : Opium (entertainment, social media, pornography etc) has indeed become the religion of masses...

Michael Blair : I recently read the book. And now have the nagging fear I have been a willing slave.

Jeff Taylor : Virtue signaling seems to be a drug that leaves the best SSRI in the dust. Slave morality is a helluva drug.

Tom Mathew : Don't you think that oligarchy will shut you up if you continue to do such a good job at pulling people out of the matrix ?

E : Don't you ever make us wait this looong for a video... Amazing work

Lee Xiong : There is no such thing as freedom. It is only a feeling.

Joseph Camacho : Maybe I’m just not as opportunistic but what’s the point of making a slave society? Like maybe I should read Brave New World but why does this upper class want to enslave the masses? Sure having slavery was incredibly lucrative in the past as they provided free labor for use in almost any occupation but I feel like slavery now wouldn’t be as useful in the long run because it halts progress by limiting the amount of people who can freely think and in turn create. I’m probably just really naive but I feel like the point of a utopia or future society is rapid improvement and progress but with slavery things slow down to make things easier for a few individuals/groups. Again there could be multiple ways slavery could be implemented in today’s society that I’m not thinking of but just using slaves as free labor to be manipulated seems too short sighted

SE9 : all these philosopher in the comment section, keep blessing us with your neck beard wisdom.

brodude : Orgy-porgy!

Alter Ego : (((the upper class)))

James Brooks : sounds like communism. with no one staving to death

sai : You know too much.

He Was Fuzzy Wuzzy : Freedom is an illusion. Now slavery on the other hand, well, just open your eyes and take a good, long, look around. Everyone's sleeping with their eyes wide open; some more than other's: and some will never wake.

Phil Barker : Ted Kaczynsky, aka the Unabomber, also recognized that the ultimate threat to freedom is technology itself. I recently read his 'Industrial Society and Its Future' essay, and I recommend everyone read it. Essentially, he argued that it's not possible to have civilization and freedom at the same time. Civilization artificially forces people together who would otherwise choose not to be together. That is what an empire is and the world if full of them. But because people are forced to be together, their behavior has to be controlled to avoid conflict and instill servitude to civilization. This control is most obvious in laws and government policies that directly limit freedom, but less obvious and more pernicious through technology that creates dependency. Because all technology really does is remove an individual's ability to take care of himself. Even though human beings first used technology to augment their own abilities, eventually it ends up surpassing and replacing human labor to a greater and greater extent. This drives people into service industries, which are merely socially constructed industries that replace work people used to do for themselves. Now we can pay other people to clean our houses for us, prepare our food for us, entertain us, have sex with us, take care of our children for us, take care of our health for us, repair or replace any products we own, and advise us about anything we want advice on. It would be easy to call this progress, but that necessitates a concept of progress that reduces and removes the ability of human beings to survive on their own. Yet humans are evolved beings, with instincts like any other animal species that were created out of the uncertainty of survival. Once food, water, and shelter are secured, then people begin to question their existence, which inevitably leads to a general increase in depression and suicide. The idea that being an independent person means having a job or a business which generates income and allows you to pay other people for products and services is a total illusion. Everyone who exists in civilization is completely dependent on other people and technology for survival, even though that is taken for granted. And because of that dependency, people can be manipulated and controlled. Their freedoms can be removed to a greater extent over time because their dependency grows greater over time. Nobody is willing to walk away, and nobody is really allowed to walk away. And this is great news to those who have authority, because they become like the parents presiding over a group of children. I hope more and more people start to realize this.

Dániel Horváth May : Have you read Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman? He made the argument in 1985, that humanity reached Huxley's Brave New World instead of the dystopian world depicted by Orwell. Although he wrote it mainly because of television dumbing everything down, it is really a wonderful read, I highly recommend it.

Thor Manfield : My idea of Utopia is people growing food and just the necessary things to survive. There would be no money. Everything is free. There would be no media, no distractions, no religion, but there would be a law and it's main purpose is to protect the people from other people's evil deeds. Our education system would be on survival and learning about the environment and how we can improve our planet and humanity.Technologies only purpose would be to improve or help humanity as well. No politics, no war and no weapons of mass destruction. Just people helping each other out. Utopias might never work, but I dream of a world like this and compare it to our modern enslavement and with these comparisons I begin to see the true evil emerge.

ken : Pornography is one of the cardinal "somas" of modern society.

chris bechaalani : Man you make my day. Happy summer solstice.

teddy toto : Social engineering always degenerates to tyranny unless it began as tyranny.

The Big Electron Woom Woum : Have you ever considered on making a YouTube video about the illusion that intellectuals tend to fall into?(it's very related to this idea of conceptualizing the masses as brainwashed and slave-like) I will explain it as best as I can. We humans as limited as we are, are surrounded by what appears to be fractal complexity (In the sense that with the advance of technology we have been discovering new levels of order in Nature) And this complexity just completely escapes our cognitive grasp. Intellectuals tend to adventure into this complexity, and end up sort of understanding a very small portion of this inconcievable fractal structure, that gives the intelectual the ilusion of mastery over the world because his ego is elevated. But there are so many things to pay atention to (And i don't just mean inside of science or philosophy, just in life , And human perception itself ) that you can't even conceptualize the amount of things you don't know. Wrapping up: ordinary people may seem simple and self serving to the intellectuals but many of them master levels of perception that are completely invisible to the intellectual. I Will give a simple example : Groove. Many intellectuals don't understand how it really works, or how to achieve it. But it exists and it can be achieved by grasping the complexity of levels that are far below conscious logical thought processes.

jhunt5578 : This applies heavily to Veganism Vs. Carnism. There is no logical, ethical, environmental and healthful argument for eating animal products beyond survival. Those who believe so need to be more informed and do so without the bias of taste pleasure from animal products and the constant barrage of social, political and advertisement bias.

John O : Wow... This is deep shit... you made it even deeper than what I knew about the subject Thank you very much

Mike Jack : Pleasure is the only thing that matters. People are a waste of time.

Benjamin Exton : This is a good video. Is there any way for the transcripts to be transferred to the closed captions as well? When I work I can't use audio and I am sure this might help any deaf members of the channel.

Leander Uka : Great video as always. The question I personally raise is, what would this absolute freedom bring as a result. I highly doubt it's going to be something close to that Utopia wallpaper at 3:41. Moreover I think this whole debate is not as binary as these philosophers depict it. Neither totalitarian slavery, nor albsolute freedom are desireable. Western civilizations are the ones who are the closest to achiving a balance, where you are free to do what you want within the rules. What you sacrifice is a piece of everyone's freedom for a shared freedom among everybody. Now while that is not flawlessly executed is a different story, but that's what we're aiming for. You mentioned also the fact that governments use entertainment as a distraction from the slavery the citizens are living in. In a western civilazion you can do so many things other than just simply entertain yourself. You can create a career in something you are passionate about, you can take care of and love your family members and friends, you can pray, meditate, have these essential things readily available on your doorstep. What else would you want more in an absolute freedom? Cause all I can think of is malevolent deeds. I would not accept evil as OK in a society for the sake of being free. I hope I was able to convey my message correctly and I would like to know what you think about this.

coreycox2345 : Thank you. I appreciate your channel. These short pieces sometimes come into my YouTube feed juxtaposed in enlightening ways. This dovetails nicely with your discussion on Jung that you end with "a thousand zeros do not add up to one." Nice work.

Raphael Pistor : Just got the notification on my cell phone..... I'M HERE!

FromAnArtistsMind : Breaking free from this reality is realizing you need to do what you feel strongly in your heart. What pulls you, and in turn is your happiness. Doing and not just watching others do. The people who make these videos, are doing. They are apart of the system, as we all are. But simply being aware of the bondage’s that bind us is enough to become free from our mental slavery and live life.

David Brunner : I feel guilty watching this video while also browsing hentai

G H : You should consider making a video about another book by Huxley - The Doors of Perception

Reagan Berry : I can't remember what experiment it is. But when rats are put in a cage and can choose water with or without cocaine, the rat always chose the cocaine. But when the rat was given a park wonderland for rats, almost none chose water with cocaine in it. Drugs are only needed to make you feel content when your inside a cage.

David Copperfield : Well here I am the happy slave you should try to define what you mean by the word slavery. psychic drugs and sexual practices are described in Bouddhism as enlightenment exercises. you speak about a "drug crysis" or "pornography crysis" but there are no such things, people who take all that stuff do so by their own will, they masturbate by their own will. its just that some people are to pathetic to admit it to themselves, the image of a "wanker" or a "junkie" would make their socialisation processes more difficult, so they prefer to pervert the definition of "free will" and create such expressions as heroin crysis, or addiction. back in the old days, "social engeneers" who ruled understood that a monogamous nation is just demographically and physically stronger, so they promoted all those things in order to make their nations stronger for wars, - monogamy - drug obstination - sexual obstination - meat food all those things that make demography grow, and by opressing peoples sexual energy making them agressive and violent there is no other need for those things and there is no need for strong nations since we no longer fight wars, at least as we are supposed to, and so, any person person speaking about the "moral" aspects of things like no-drug-use or monogamy can actually never explain what that morality is about thats because there is no morality in it if I m an adult, who the hell are you to tell me what I should and should not consume or who I should sleep with all those things actually enrich people, they become more life experienced and wiser, less violent and more tolerant you are all a bunch of hypocrytes, I am glad that at least some power groups in this world try to create a free world, where one individual will not have the right to force upon another individual his habits I would be glad to live one day in Huxlays Brave New World, only insane sadists like you promote a world, where one social group tells another social group what to consume and with whom to fuck

Ludwin V : Wow a new idea

D : That pic at 1:46 is how I feel every time I walk around the city

Joe Mann : as ever great content.

Erik S : We already live in dystopia and utopia compared to ages past. The truth is that the world is simply more complicated than a political system. What is liberty when you already feel that you're free? If you are free to do what you want, does it matter whether your wants were shaped by 20th century propagandists, 19th century romanticists, 18th century idealists, or 17th century zealots? We all inherit a culture, and though it often feels like things have always been this way, our world has been constructed by those with agendas, sometimes long forgotten and irrelevant agendas that are still enforced by sheer inertia and tradition. Liberty and freedom are humanist ideals, the idea that each human being knows what is best for themselves... When quite frankly, that's just not true. People know what they want RIGHT NOW, they have a general idea of what they want in the near future, and beyond that is just too abstract to really think about for most people. If people knew what was best for them, they wouldn't vote against their economic interests because a charismatic politician plays into their hopes and fears. But time and time again, this happens to populations around the world. But as I said, the world is more complicated than just politics. Ecosystems around the world are on the verge of collapse and a number have collapsed already, automation and AI are set to upend the economy within the next few decades, genetic engineering is set to upend biology in ways never before seen on Earth, truth is dying as governments and organizations and AI can simply make up fake news in the knowledge that most of their audience lacks the time or skills to think about the headlines critically. Maybe Huxley was right, that humanity will enslave itself with pleasure. But that's a Dystopian vision coming from the mid 20th century. It doesn't stop to ask the people who live in that future what they think about the matter, perhaps to them it is a Dystopian nightmare, perhaps it's a utopian paradise, perhaps they will see it as an imperfect world that has pros and cons, where there can be improvements made to the system, but isn't so bad overall. All of us are already slaves to time, as well as the culture and family and socioeconomic situation we were born into. We have no choice in those, and there is no escape from them. If people feel they are free, who are you to say that they aren't?

Evan Nied : fiftch

Peter Turley : And here you have contemporary society- brainwashed and dumbed down! 'Give me liberty or death' - I fear that to gain the former, one will have to embrace the latter!!

Cel Tick : alas, his predicteveness will become reality 😨😰😱😀

Jack Poontaint : Huxley laid the philosophical groundwork for the Tavistock group, as shown in that first quotation from 1961. That was given to the Tavistock group, not towards some random lecture group, but to a group of men who want to control the population. Thus he helped place the idea of drugging and brainwashing the populous in order to make them obedient slaves. He didn't foresee the future, he helped pave the way for the future, because there are some socio/psychopaths that thought that dystopian future would be great...for them and their offspring as long as they were and remained in power.

Albert Brennaman : I am somewhat sceptical to claims that our current situation has been fully engineered. Not because I doubt that we are not influenced by technological advances, rather due to our inability to appreciate the consequences of such advances. E.g. who in the 1960s could have anticipated that the introduction of birth controll pill would lead to mass immigration of third world migrants into Europe?

muhmmad momani : I wish you are in front of me so I can hug you 💔