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Dune and Philosophy: Weirding Way of the Mentat [Format Kindle]

Jeffery Nicholas

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Frank Herbert’s Dune is the biggest-selling science fiction story of all time; the original book and its numerous sequels have transported millions of readers into the alternate reality of the Duniverse. Dune and Philosophy raises intriguing questions about the Duniverse in ways that will be instantly meaningful to fans. Those well-known characters—Paul Atreides, Baron Harkkonen, Duncan Idaho, Stilgar, the Bene Gesserit witches—come alive again in this fearless philosophical probing of some of life’s most basic questions.

Dune presents us with a vast world in which fanaticism is merciless and history is made by the interplay of ruthless conspiracies. Computers have long been outlawed, so that the abilities of human beings are developed to an almost supernatural level. The intergalactic empire controlled by a privileged aristocracy raises all the old questions of human interaction in a strange yet weirdly familiar setting.

Do secret conspiracies direct the future course of human political evolution? Can manipulation of the gene pool create a godlike individual? Are strife and bloodshed essential to progress? Can we know so much about the future that we lose the power to make a difference? Does reliance on valuable resources—such as “spice,” oil, and water—place us at the mercy of those who can destroy those resources? When gholas are reconstructed from the cells of dead people and given those people’s memories, is the ghola the dead person resurrected? Can the exploitation of religion for political ends be reduced to a technique?

Fans of Dune will trek through the desert of the Duniverse seeing answers to these and other questions.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 699 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 246 pages
  • Editeur : Open Court (12 avril 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004R9PZRS
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good, but stumbles in spots 26 avril 2011
Par R. Wright - Publié sur Amazon.com
Having just finished my copy a few hours ago, I had to put my thoughts together. Almost all of the articles are well done and thought provoking but their are a few that stumble and stumble badly.

All of the stumbles involve mentioning the works of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

The first stumble comes during the discussion of eugenics. Erasmus, an acknowledged creation of Brian Herbert KJA is used to provide evidence of the extended use of eugenics in the Dune Universe. The problems? One, the author makes it sound as if Frank Herbert created the character, two, the eugenics programs in the Dune Universe come about after the formation of the Great Schools, such as the Bene Gesserit, which happens after the Butlerian Jihad, which is the time period Erasmus is found in.

The next blunder takes place during the discussion of the Golden Path. The author mentions that Brian Herbert and KJA continue exploration of the Golden Path in Hunters and Sand Worms of Dune. The problem is, the Golden Path was successful, what Leto II laid out in God Emperor of Dune came to pass. HUmanity scattered and it was no longer possible for any threat to appear that could completely wipe out humanity. Everything that happens after God Emperor of Dune is nothing more than the chronicling of events. Leto II's sacrifice succeeded in freeing humanity from any and all outside threats that threatened to destroy humanity. All of this was laid out in God Emperor, Heretics, and Chapterhouse of Dune. Brian Herbert and KJA's "supreme threat" turned out to be characters of their own creation and further more, they forgot to make their story match Frank Herbert's previous work. Leto II succeeded in getting humanity to scatter so far that it was impossible to find them all, yet Brian Herbert and KJA have as the ultimate threat, a bunch of robots of their own creation "surround" the planets of the old Imperium. Can you say not paying attention?

Finally, the last stumble involves a quote from "Paul of Dune." The quote was "My brother is Pragmatic.-Alia." Looks sensible, simple. However, the cardboard cut out character of Paul in Paul of Dune is anything but pragmatic. He runs off and joins the circus, he forgets what planet they are on one moment only to remember the next.

The remaining articles are well done and deserve rereads. Sadly, the stumbles reduce the rating of this work to a four. The authors should have done a better job of research because the examples they used in fact do not support the arguments they make, instead the lack of research weakens the writings.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Title is a bit misleading. 22 décembre 2013
Par Scott Rossell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Be sure to look at the table of contents and make sure the subjects are what you're truly interested in. The title of this book might best be changed to "The Philosophy OF Dune". The focus is definitely NOT on the "Weirding Way" or even primarily on "Mentats". Still, it's a good read. Be aware, if you've never read the Dune series, or you haven't read any of the books in a while, this book assumes you have and may drop spoilers in your lap without warning. So, on the plus side, if you're looking for a reminder of concepts in the series, this is a good place to go.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 If you are a serious fan then ignore the cover & part 1; part 2 makes up if you are a fan 29 octobre 2014
Par David A. Donnelly - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I was not expecting much when the prominent blurb on the back cover confuses the facts and imagery of the red semuta stained lips of a Mentat and the Fremen's blue-within-blue eyes from their melange saturated diets. The first section of this collection of essays demonstrates a similar grasp of both Frank Herbert's "Duniverse" and intro to Western Philosophy. There are truly few bright spots in part one, where the worst was perhaps comparable to a term paper by a precocious high-schooler. Fortunately, the second half rises considerably. This is somewhat ironic considering that, throughout the first half most of the writers seem to be working from a clouded memory of the David Lynch film and Cliff's notes but the second opens with an insightful look at the film - a daring move that is handled deftly.
There is very little mention of the Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson prequel/sequel series (serieses?), known collectively to some by the pejorative "McDunes". Despite the conflated title it is an examination of Frank Herbert's legacy. I doubt I would have honestly given this four stars had the second half's quality not outweighed the first half, the convoluted title, and the publisher's selection of quotes from people who clearly do not know the Duniverse. And if I weren't the kind of guy who geeks out over this stuff. ;-)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fans who want to go deeper. 13 novembre 2014
Par D.S. Arnauld - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you like the original, whether it be Dune, or Star Wars or any topic in this series about philosophy, then you will enjoy the discussions about the themes working through out history. The discussion about Nietzsche is particularly good. I highly recommend this.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four Stars 9 juin 2015
Par andrew prince - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
a long read, will make you want to rered books with updated perspective
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