The dialogue between the two men gives a glimpse into how elements of the future we live in now were planned long in advance.
If you have time, watch the above and/or read the transcript of this video at the bottom of this Substack. The discussion is fascinating. The interactions between the two men is also a point-in-time moment - a glimpse into the past lives of intellectuals from the atomic age.
About Aldous Huxley and why he matters. Aldous Huxley was born in 1894 in Surrey, England and died in Los Angeles, California in 1963. His life spanned vast technological and cultural changes, and he wrote extensively on these subjects. Huxley’s writings are known for their dark wit and satire. But more than that, his hellish visions of society have been both visionary and relentlessly blunt in their projections of a totalitarian world gestalt and the structure of the future technological governance which he foresaw. In 1932, he wrote the classic SyFy novel, Brave New World. The novel that literally changed the world.
Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, inhabited by genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story's protagonist.
When one analyzes Huxley’s writings and then discovers the role of his family on the world stage, it becomes very clear that Huxley’s family played a large role in shaping the philosophical underpinnings of his work. One of the most important people in his intellectual life was his brother, Julian Huxley. Julian was an evolutionary biologist who also worked in the behavioral sciences (developing propaganda programs for large organizations). The term "transhumanism" was coined by Julian Huxley. At one point, he wrote:
"I believe in transhumanism: once there are enough people who can truly say that, the human species will be on the threshold of a new kind of existence, as different from ours as ours is from that of Peking man. It will at last be consciously fulfilling its real destiny." Julian Huxley
But going deeper into the history of Julian Sorrel Huxley (1887-1975), it turns out he was also a devout life-long member of the British Eugenics Society, and served with John Maynard Keynes as secretary and later as its president.
Julian Huxley founded the United Nations body called UNESCO (abbreviated for the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization) in 1946, and he was the first Director General from 1946-1948.
The mandate for the new organization was laid out in Huxley’s 1946 UNESCO charter: UNESCO: Its Purpose and Its Philosophy: