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A Scientific Outlook on the World

Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu

The machine has entailed a wide range of reactions: from fascination and enthusiasm to anxiety and fear. Aldous Huxley – the intellectual and the artist – could not leave such a tremendous stimulus unnoticed and coined the term “Fordism” to describe the sacrifice of the animal, thinking and spiritual man to the Machine. “Rigorously practised for a few generations, this dreadful religion of the machine will end by destroying the human race,” he predicted. Although deeply influenced by science, his increasing interest in spiritual values (without upholding a particular religious or philosophical doctrine) represented, on the one hand, a necessary step in understanding both the appalling reality and the mystery of life, and, on the other, his strong belief that man should develop all his potentialities. My paper aims to advocate Huxley’s idea that “science, art and philosophy are three ways of making sense of the world in which we live.”

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, futurology, futurism, modernism, science, art, philosophy, utopia/ dystopia


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