Bandura’s social learning theory suggests that people can learn though observation, including direct instruction, modeling, and imitation. This is related to Aldous Huxley’s, “Brave New World,” because of how they condition the masses through what they call hypnopødia, or otherwise known as sleep teaching. The Director speaks of the first experiment in this area and how it was unsuccessful, “The experiments were abandoned. No further attempt was made to teach children the length of the Nile in their sleep... Whereas if they’d only started on moral education,” (pg 26). He goes on to show the interns, children learning social norms in their sleep. He never says this process was ever proven to be successful, he merely shows the outcome, millions of docile civilians happy within their caste. Perhaps these civilians were the outcome of many different contributions of social conditioning. Like we see today our society conditions it’s individuals, even if it’s merely the push to be techno-savvy. What I propose is that, because hypnopødia was never scientifically proven to be effective, then the reason the civilians are so compliant to the government and caste system is because of their compulsion to be accepted by society and their social learning through observation. In both “Brave New World” and our society today, Bandura’s social learning theory is seen in three common principles; “people learn through observation”, “the mental state of an individual impares their learning” (which is seen in Bernard whose mental state is depressed because he’d rather feel something and differ from society, than feel nothing and take soma), and “social learning does not necessarily lead to a change in behavior.” That last standard was seen in the case of John, who is proof that social conditioning is strong enough on its own, because of his never undergoing hypnopødia. John, even in spite of loving Lenina, did not stray from his strict religious practice to be with her, even when he was residing in a society that surrounded him with raging hormones and stimuli. The rest of the main characters don’t stray much from their social conditioning because they have no real reason to defy the norms. Bernard acts glum and depressed, slightly differing from the masses, yet even in the end of the book he is begging for forgiveness and social acceptance, because his true motives are no different than everyone else’s. Lenina who wanted so badly for John to be with her, because of her odd infatuation, still finds marriage and love analogies silly because of how her society reacts to emotional attachments. Lastly, Helmholtz, who undergoes the most change, still has the knee jerk reaction to laugh at John when reading “Romeo and Juliet” because of the ridiculous love they portray for each other. All of these reactions weren’t recited repeatedly for these people while they slept, they merely reacted this way through their observation of society and the way everyone reacts to the same “queer” ideas. Social learning may be a good way to pass on social etiquette or knowledge by demonstration, but it can also be a very irreversible process and if someone were to for example, constantly observe “aggression from violent video games, movies, television programs, and online videos,” like the article says, more observers may become violent and insensitive types of people. We must alter our ways of teaching social skills rather than simply by observation, but also by reprimanding bad behaviors, and not letting young children with sponge-like minds perceive things like violence to be a commonality, lest we lose the empathetic capabilities of the human race.