IAF Book Discussion, Session 2017.06 – Brave New World.

The IAF Book Discussion Group is an ongoing effort to provide interesting intellectual conversations for members of IAF and other interested parties on texts and topics relevant to the Secular perspective.

For this session the group will continue our series on fictional texts as we build up to a more serious discussion series this Fall dealing the mechanics of Propaganda, a particularly relevant topic in this the age of Right-Wing ‘Alternative’ facts and so-called pervasive left-wing media ‘disinformation’… For June, we will take up some more-serious fare with “Brave New World” – a text of dystopic fiction by the celebrated author Aldous Huxley.

The reading schedule for the rest of this series is as follows –

July/August – Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

As previously stated, we will begin in September a serious, non-fiction text, yet to be determined, on the mechanisms of propaganda and how it relates to our modern era. Suggestions have already been made but if anyone has any thoughts on a good text to explore in this regard, please let me know.

For this, and all subsequent sessions, please be prepared if possible, to present things from the reading assignment that stood out for you so that we can gain a good cross-section of individual perspectives where the reading is concerned. Consider questions of content, such as particular passages that really jumped out at you or particular facts/ideas you found interesting that you might want to explore further. Definitely don’t be afraid to ask questions about concepts and ideas that are new to you.

The conference room that has been reserved at Kirkendall Public Library has a maximum capacity of 20 so RSVP early to get a seat. Social time will be available from 6:30 to 7 PM if you want to come and just chat before the discussion begins. We’ll see you there. 🙂

You can read about the book by going to the Goodreads page for the title HERE.<a href=”https://www.chrismoore.com/books/lamb/”></a>

If you prefer, though, here is a brief synopsis of the title from the same –

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…

Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

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