You may or may not be surprised to know that our twin sons Zachary and MacLean are diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
The book that profoundly changed my life this year was The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism from the beautiful mind of Naoki Higashida. I wish every educator in the world could read Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew: Updated and Expanded Edition from Ellen Notbohm. I had the opportunity to interview author and activist Temple Grandin for our radio show and burst into tears as I tried to thank her for her illuminating work in Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism (Vintage) and how it helped me understand our children.
Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley is one of the most bewitching and insidious works of literature ever written and this is not an exaggeration. Nineteen eighty-four was meant to be a dystopian science fiction novel but it is turning out more and more true today.


Huxley turns future, where we’re all notionally happy, into the archetypal dystopia, and if it’s technically feasible, why can’t we use biotechnology to get rid of mental pain altogether?
It is a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, with government surveillance and public mind control dictated by a political system. It raises disturbing feelings in the reader, the society it depicts has notionally vanquished, and the reader does not have a sense of joyful anticipation.
It is a story of a man who lives a life where the government controls everything and people are punished for independent thinking and decisions. The author didn’t intend to make us think how wonderful our lives could be if the human genome were intelligently rewritten. The tyranny is epitomized by Big Brother, a Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality, but who may not even exist. The Big Brother and the Party justify their oppressive rule by intention to bring greater good.


In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World fifth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
William Smith, a protagonist of the novel is a member of the Outer Party and works for the Ministry of Truth.
His main duties include rewriting past newspaper so that the historical record always supports the current party line.
Moreover, the book has popularized the adjective Orwellian, which means secret surveillance, official deception and manipulation of the past by a totalitarian or authoritarian state.



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