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Aldous Huxley

Happy 100th to Three Icons: Watts, Merton, Holiday

Philip Goldberg | Posted 08.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Philip Goldberg

I recently discovered that this year marks the 100th birthday of three cultural icons who influenced my life deeply in the late 1960s, when I first se...

Distributing Growth for the Benefit of All

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

If you need proof of how the modern welfare state can miss the mark, just look at the rising level of social inequality in much of the developed world.

Beyond Influence: Rethinking Elites in the Brave New World

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.03.2015 | World
St. Gallen Symposium

Aldous Huxley was fascinated with elites. In his novel Brave New World (1931) he creates a society of Alphas ruling over Betas, Deltas, Gammas and Epsilons in a caste system state order. The rules of society are simple.

How Neuroscience Could Make Marketing Super Creepy

Fusion | Isha Aran | Posted 05.15.2015 | World

Ever felt exceedingly pleased with yourself after splurging on a luxury good? Blame marketers, who are becoming increasingly sophisticated a...

7 Things You Never Knew About Christopher Isherwood

Chris Freeman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Freeman

Christopher Isherwood (1904-86) was an Anglo-American writer whose novels, memoirs, plays, and diaries span the 20th century, from his modernist beginnings in the late 1920s to his pathbreaking memoirs of the 1970s.

Indra Devi Was Not Just a Nice Old Lady

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 06.17.2015 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

Michelle has written well and honestly about Indra and the cast of characters who make up the Yogas in the East and the West. She describes how Indra could be variously charming, sympathetic and warm, but also ambitious and ruthless.

Why Spirituality Matters More than Ever

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

In troubled times, when the world seems to be on fire, people think about God and the religion they were raised in -- a source of solace and hope matt...

Peter Tieryas Liu and His Bald New World

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.21.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"I was so honored to be included in that Buzzfeed list as there were some amazing books in that group. I hope readers will be intrigued by the premise: what if everyone in the world lost their hair?"

10 Things You Should Know Before Your First Ayahuasca Ceremony

Ira Israel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Hats off to Bob Morris for his ruthlessly whitebread, antiseptic article in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times! Glamorizing ayahuasca with celebrity quotes and citing the LA Weekly in calling it "exceedingly trendy" is irresponsible on so many levels!

When Science Fiction Gets Real

Robert Weiss | Posted 08.11.2014 | Science
Robert Weiss

Many science fiction writers have rather accurately predicted future technologies, including the rise of the Internet and the demise of quality television. In doing so, they have given us language and ideas that have shaped the digital age in which we live.

The Biggest Worry About Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Will technology and science that make our species more transhuman be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots?

Why Print Books Will Endure

Steven Petite | Posted 05.29.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

There is something about owning a physical book, holding it in your hands, feeling the paper in between your fingerers while turning the pages and experiencing the journey of a tale on real paper, not on a paper white screen or illuminated retina display.

What Does It Mean?

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

When we, in our helplessness as observers, try to fill up the void that inevitably follows loss -- that is when we forget that sometimes meaning is exactly what we feel: blue.

Factory Farms Of The Future: Part II

Sonia Faruqi | Posted 12.17.2013 | Home
Sonia Faruqi

Extreme genetic selection, accelerated by artificial insemination, leads farm animals today to yield far more meat, milk, and eggs -- while eating far less -- than they ever have.

Fifty Years On -- JFK and C.S. Lewis

S. Brent Plate | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

On the same day that Kennedy was killed, across the Atlantic a Cambridge University professor named C.S. Lewis died after renal failure, just shy of his 65th birthday.

Brave New Consumerism: How to Get from More to Better

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Perhaps the owners of Toys-R-Us and their advertising team have been reading Brave New World because this advertisement mocking nature and encouraging consumerism seems ripped right from Huxley's book.

Salinger's Wisdom

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Salinger's magic was in the observant way he used detail to make his characters come alive. On just a surface level, it never matters much what happens in a Salinger story, because it's such a pleasure simply of hanging around and listening to his people interact.

An Elusive Utopia By The Sea

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 09.27.2013 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

John O'Kane's at times rambling but nonetheless intriguing book length essay, "Venice, CA: A City State Of Mind," sums up the history, the observations, the artists and writers and poets great and famous and obscure who have lurked among the dark shadows of this Nirvana by the sea.

It's A Brave New World, We Just Live In It

Zach Hindin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Zach Hindin

Almost immediately, the press invoked George Orwell to characterize the drama unfolding around Edward Snowden's revelation of the NSA's digitally omniscient domestic surveillance program. It should have been Aldous Huxley.

A Brave New World 2013 - Huxley, Happiness and the United States of Amazing

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 03.04.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Economists and the media tell us we have just come back from the precipice of the "fiscal cliff." I posit that we are on the verge of an even more serious crisis, "The Emotional Ledge."

Why Do We Like Dystopian Novels?

Dave Astor | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

War. Death. Despair. Oppression. Environmental ruin. Yup, when it comes to demoralizing literature, dystopian novels have it all! Yet many of us love this genre, and there are good reasons we do.

The Prisoner: "I Am Not a Number. I Am a Free Man!"

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.28.2012 | TV
John W. Whitehead

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who w...

Playa Odyssey

Tamsin Smith | Posted 10.23.2012 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

If one thinks about it, there is a heaven and hell inside each of us. Life most truly is (as Blake posits) a constant tug of logic and stability against unrestrained creative energy and chaos.

Why Creativity Needs Mundanity

Nick Jefferson | Posted 10.21.2012 | Business
Nick Jefferson

Perhaps in embracing mysticism, irrational thought, the Antipodes of the mind -- the creative brain -- we are not in fact denying reality: we are simply -- and very deliberately -- escaping it. An eyes-wide-open embrace of the unconscious.

Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry -- a Documentary at the Intersection of Art and Politics

Michael Rose | Posted 09.26.2012 | Home
Michael Rose

America's century ended without offering us a lease renewal and now the only bet one can safely make about who's next is, will it be China or India who claims the 21st as their century?