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Kellhus vs Dune posted 08 September 2011 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Kellhus vs Dune by Truth Shines, Candidate

Right now I'm half way through "Dune Messiah," the second book in the Dune series. Honestly I have not become more impressed. Just to take one example, here's a passage. It's quoting from "the key reminder from the Bene Gesserit Creed." The Bene Gesserit is the equivalent of the Dunyain -- a sect that uses mental and physical training and multi-generation selective breeding in order to create a super-human. Now, keep in mind the gloriously elegant Dunyain principle -- "That which comes before determines that which comes after" -- and get a load of this clumsy mumbo jumbo:

"Before us, all methods of learning were tainted by instinct. We learned how to learn. Before us, instinct-ridden researchers possessed a limited attention span -- often no longer than a single lifetime. Projects stretching across fifty or more lifetimes never occurred to them. The concept of total muscle/nerve training had not entered awareness."

Upon reading this, it literally had me howling with laughter. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

If Dune had been written after PON, I'd say it's a very sorry, poor imitation. As it is, I can only say Bakker is showing Frank Herbert what to do with this type of material, because Herbert obviously doesn't have much of a clue. view post


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