Re: SciFi&Eco: Back to the Future?

From: Chuck Kuecker (
Date: Mon Jan 15 2001 - 18:27:13 MST

At 03:39 PM 1/15/01 -0800, you wrote:
>It has been a while since I have read "Brave New World" but I
>had the impression that the Alpha's and Betas were engineered
>for thier positions as much as the Gamma',Delta's and

The distinction was one of prenatal conditioning. Alphas were essentially
"natural borns" bred for intelligence and other desirable features. Betas
and below were treated to split the developing egg into twins (Betas) or
more "clones", and were treated with alcohol to dull the intellect. Betas
got just a touch of alky, the lower classes got more and more. More
emphasis on subliminal indoctrination than "engineering"...

Chuck Kuecker

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