Today’s substitute for a weird thing is Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, a classic dystopian science-fiction novel. Further dystopian visions will be appearing later this week. This is the relatively benign one, the vision being of a caste-stratified society where people are controlled by brainwashing and keeping everyone happy. One interesting feature of this society is that the natural human life cycle we are familiar with has been done away with, being replaced with a factory system. Babies are grown in jars and raised for specific jobs from conception by specialists; there are no marriages or families. Furthermore, embryos are routinely cloned. Some of the material is clearly dated (e.g., Freudianism), but much of it is still plausible. Go ponder.