BNW Non-fiction assignment

Each of you will read and share at least one non-fiction piece (news article, story published in an online magazine – NOT simply information) with some connection to Brave New World. You must post a link to the article here as a “comment” (click on “Leave a comment” above), along with your name. Whether you are logged in or not, be sure your name accompanies your comment.

Once you have posted, be patient. I must approve it before it appears on the site.

For your final presentation assignment, present your article to the class with the following information:

  1. Explain the connection to Brave New World.
  2. Give a short summary of the piece (article, essay, etc.) you read.
  3. Did you encounter any vocabulary words which were new or difficult?
  4. What was the main point the author wanted you to get from reading his/her work?
  5. With which points of the piece did you agree or find easy to accept? Why?
  6. With which points of the piece did you disagree or find difficult to believe? Why?
  7. What did you think of this piece? OR How did this piece influence your ideas?
  8. Comment on the responses posted by your peers.

Some suggested topics:

  • “test tube” babies
  • Technological advancements
  • New products
  • Birth and death
  • Stress or other “human” phenomena
  • People “locked away” or separated from society
  • Use/abuse of drugs, effects on society
  • The “War on Drugs
  • Articles on social classes in our society
  • Articles about education in our society

47 responses to “BNW Non-fiction assignment

    • Sonia Thadani

      Very great article! Robert Edwards development of the “in-vitro fertilization” is similar to the Bokanovsky’s process. Both the methods involve in fertilizing the egg outside of the woman to create several embryos/off-springs. I don’t think test-tube babies have a negative affect because it gives a woman hope of having a child. It isn’t a woman’s fault if she can’t have children and some women become very disappointed after looking forward to having a child their whole life.

      • Ahlam El Azouzi

        Thank you Sonia for your comment and your ideas about my article. I think that you have a point in saying that test-tube babies won`t have a negative affect because they make women`s lives optimistic. Test-tube babies give women who can`t have children a chance to have a child and lighten up their lives. As a result, women don`t become furious and hopeless because they can`t have kids.

    • Ahlam El Azouzi

      I think this article is a great connection to the novel “Brave New World” because it talks about the possibility of growing an embryo outside of the woman by creating an artificial womb. If this becomes a reality then the role of a woman in society will be affected greatly. Men will have no use for women anymore and they may be completely annihilated from society. As a woman myself, considering the fact that this may actual happen is scary, I wouldn’t want to live during this period of time.

      • I don’t think that women’s role would be affected if this became a reality. As I said in my first comment, men will continue to love and to live in families, or have a baby come directly out of their own wives’ wombs. In addition, men and women could still engage in sexual activities simply for pleasure.

      • I think creating an artificial embryo is a step ahead of the Bokanovsky process as they want to recreate a whole organ of a woman, which is a womb. If they achieve this goal, life as we know it will change entirely. As Ahlam mentioned, men won’t need women anymore for reproductive purposes and may decided to get rid of them completely. However, for women who aren’t able to conceive, this is a game changing concept, but it can also affect them in a very negative way. I see the connection to “Brave New World” as they would create “artificial” babies and wombs similar to the cloning that occurred in the novel.

      • I believe that this would gravely affect daily lives too; However, women could also use this as an opportunity to further empower themselves and not be seen as “weak” by the opposite gender. Good news for you, I think that the research for creating artificial wombs has stopped and this project hasn’t been continued since. Thank you for your feedback.

    • Nihad Akhamrane

      I think creating an artificial embryo is a step ahead of the Bokanovsky process as they want to recreate a whole organ of a woman, which is a womb. If they achieve this goal, life as we know it will change entirely. As Ahlam mentioned, men won’t need women anymore for reproductive purposes and may decided to get rid of them completely. However, for women who aren’t able to conceive, this is a game changing concept, but it can also affect them in a very negative way. I see the connection to “Brave New World” as they would create “artificial” babies and wombs similar to the cloning that occurred in the novel.

      • Growing an embryo to become a fully developed fetus can be a difficult task, I don’t know if they will be able to produce eighty or more offsprings in one process or if they can shorten the time it normally takes to give birth to a child. This research has both positive and negative effects, some of which you already mentioned. I believe this is where we realise how dangerous knowledge can be.

    • There are several positive factors as well as negative ones which can result from developing fully functioning artificial wombs. My thought is, would this really be a scientific breakthrough? Many women in families would want to have a baby coming out of their own belly, that way it would be theirs and even feel like it’s their own and not some artificially made baby. Therefore, in my opinion, I feel that this research would only concern women who can’t produce an offspring, leaving the rest of the women population unconcerned.

      • Not only would it benefit women who are infertile, but this can also be seen as a movement for women to further empower themselves and be equal to men. For example, a woman wouldn’t have to take days off work due to pregnancy if her baby is being grown in an artificial womb. Although, as you stated, an artificial womb will give the same nurture and care that a mothers body can provide for the child.

    • I really enjoyed reading this article. It’s a very interesting subject. Like Ahlam said, there’s clearly a connection to the novel. I find it rather scary that Aldous Huxley predicted this in his book from 1932. He mentioned that babies will be grown in artificial wombs and doctors are actually working on it today! In fact, an artificial womb exists today but not for babies. They have tried it with goats and it worked! It is amazing and scary how this book predicted the “dystopian” future which is the world we live in today.

      • You’re right, the books description of a dystopian society oddly resembles the world we live in today. Many scientists are trying to cross-breed species and create artificial organs, this could be used for the better good; however, there are too many people in this world who are hungry for power and can easily manipulate/abuse the discovery of such knowledge. Thank you for your feedback.

    • Interesting article, Sonia! It does have a great connection the novel, however, I agree with Driss when he says that it won’t have an affect on women’s role as many people will continue to give birth the old- fashioned way! Men will always be a part of society and I think that this possibility might be used in some cases only.

      • This would be true if the people still have the freedom of choice. What if, as in the novel, society is brainwashed and only babies grown in artificial wombs are reedemable as humans and not “savages”. Many changes can occur not only with women, but also with men regarding their freedom. Thank you for your feedback.

    • Stem cell research is a very controversial issue because it can eventually lead to the cloning of humans. Stem cells are the future as they can provide the cure to many incurable diseases such as cancer. In Brave New World, they don’t grow old thanks to the implementation of Stem cells. These cells are also affected during the conditioning of the children in Brave New World.

      • I totally agree on what you pointed out there, Juan. By reading this piece, one can also understand that it leads to the development of the biological technology that will eventually lead to eternal youth. Making a connection to Brave New World, there is no specific kind of disease or cancer due to the use of cells that can eventually replace the unnecessary cells. Also, in this piece, old people are seen as a negative part of society and these new cells can be used to replace the old.

  1. http://www.uninterruptedsleep.com/sleep-matters/hypnopaedia/
    This is an article on hypnopaedia, or “sleep-education”, which is a process that occurs in the novel.

    • Nouhaila Bouhout

      Very cool subject that I actually think about often. Hypnopaedia, or in other words, sleep learning, is now just a theory but hopefully someday just like in Brave New World, it will become real. I agree that hypnopaedia might help you solve your problems by sleeping on them and waiting for the next day to think them through carefully. However, I fail to understand how hypnopaedia can help you get rid of bad habits such as smoking? I look forward to your presentation!

    • Hypnopaedia is a very interesting subject in both the book and the article. It amazes me that ” recent research indicated that things like classical conditioning could be learned while asleep” (Hannah, Hypnopaedia). This is exactly what the D.H.C. explained was happening in the Conditioning Centre, and this is precisely what their goal was. Nice choice!

    • I think that this is a great article and a very good choice of you posting it here. This article clearly speaks about the lives of rich American families and the lives of poor American families in different points of views. It also shwos how this has been changing throught several decades. It has a connection to the novel “Brave New World” because it shows “a symptom of inequality with far-reaching consequences”. Also, it explains how children should grow up with the learning skills and they should be provided the education they need when they are young before it is too late! Looking forward to your presentation on Monday!

      • Thank you very much! As you have stated, the education of a child is very important to his/her future. The child is always learning from his surroundings. Therefore, most of their education comes from at home.

    • Marwan Akhamrane

      Juan’s article shows the reader a great example of how the educations of rich and poor are different from each other. Most of the time, even though the rich have all the money and power in the world, the son of the poor might have a better education than that of the rich. In my opinion, children in general should grow up and be provided with a proper education.

      • nouhaila boulaich fellah

        this article is very interesting and realistic because it shows how drugs have a very big affect in the world. This can cause many illness issues such as HIV/aids through injections. Children cases are even harder because this causes in a biggger growth of sicknesses and risks in the world. It it an interesting article because it shows us what drugs lead to.

        • This is one of the biggest worries of the parents of the lower-classes. They can’t afford to give their children proper health or education. This create a moral barrier similar to that of the deltas and gammas.

      • I definitely agree with you point of view. This article protests against the inequality of the education system. Also, the goals and upbringing of the different classes are not the same. Upper-class society does not have the worries of lower-class citizen when it comes to one’s neighborhood and housing, as they can live in a better district. Income is a segregation of classes and the isolation of each class has continued to increase dramatically.
        In Brave New World, we can see that the conditioning of the people is different with respect to their class. Due to this economic inequality, our world is creating a barrier between social classes that is everyday more difficult to overcome.

      • I definitely agree with you point of view. This article protests against the inequality of the education system. Also, the goals and upbringing of the different classes are not the same. Upper-class society does not have the worries of lower-class citizen when it comes to one’s neighborhood and housing, as they can live in a better district. Income is a segregation of classes and the isolation of each class has continued to increase dramatically.
        In Brave New World, we can see that the conditioning of the people is different with respect to their class. Due to this economic inequality, our world is creating a barrier between social classes that is everyday more difficult to overcome.

    • Marwan, this is a great article about how drugs have a clear impact on society. It is NOT new to us that when individuals take drugs, this not only affects them as individuals but it also affects their friends, their private businesses, and also affects government resources ( this piece of information is new to me by the way!). It also makes a connection to the novel “Brave New World” becaue it talks to us about how children who take drugs the first time get addicted to them and they therefore want to take it always. I am looking forward to your presentation on Monday to teach us more about how taking drugs can have an impact on children of individuals.

    • Dalal Nasreddin

      While reading this article I felt very sad about the drug abuse that exists in this world. It’s scary to think about how many adults are struggling with it and about how many children are being affected by it. In today’s world we know how dangerous this drug problem could be, but it’s becoming more common in this world. In “Brave New World” we read that it has become normal to consume a drugs. Thinking that that could happen to us in a few years is alarming.

    • I think this article is very well written and extremely relatable to ” Brave New World” in the way women are undergoing fertility treatments to facilitate conception. Furthermore, the fact that 5 million births have taken place due to in vitro fertilization is hard to believe and rather alarming considering the effects it could have. i can NOT wait for your presentation. PEACE and LOVE.

      • Thank you for liking my choice of article. Yes, I agree it is extremely impressive that five million births have taken place due to IVF. I will be giving more details about this article on Monday. I hope you enjoy my presentation! PEACE and LOVE.

  2. *Best Article
    These advances in technology might mean the Huxley’s predictions the production of humans might become true. Technology to analyze the best embryo for a future child already exists. Therefore, we might soon be reproducing through machines. Conditioning is already taking place in the form of education. We are constantly being bombarded with ideals and correct choices.

    • Yes, I also believe that Huxley’s prediction will become true since we’re slowly becoming the type of society described in his novel. We will see what the future has to give us. I will be explaining more about this subject during my presentation on Monday. Thank you for you comment!

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