The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 61–69 | Cite as

Brave New World Revisited Revisited: Huxley’s Evolving View of Behaviorism

  • Bobby Newman


Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World has served as a popular and powerful source of antibehavioral sentiment. Several of Huxley’s works are examined in order to ascertain his true thoughts regarding behaviorism. Early in his career Huxley failed to appreciate aspects of behavioral theory (e.g., an appreciation of heredity) or the good ends to which it could be employed. Huxley’s later works portrayed behaviorism in a much more positive light, and he believed that behavioral science, along with spiritual enlightenment, might help save humanity from the Brave New World he predicted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bobby Newman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Queens College and the Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Queens Services for Autistic Citizens, Inc.New YorkUSA

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