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The wisdom of the sand : philosophy and Frank Herbert's Dune

Author: Kevin C Williams
Publisher: New York : Hampton Press, ©2013.
Series: Hampton Press communication series., Critical bodies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Frank Herbert wrote six novels now referred as The Dune Chronicles. This book culls from the pages of The Chronicles the politics, religion and communicology of Dune--the underlying philosophy that motivates the characters to action. The purpose of the book is to unpack Herbert's ideas, and to find a place for them in our lives, learning, knowledge and wisdom. Herbert gives us the Mentat, or human computer, as an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Frank Herbert; Frank Herbert
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin C Williams
ISBN: 9781612890081 1612890083 9781612890098 1612890091
OCLC Number: 702168946
Description: xxviii, 198 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Learning how to learn. Palimpsestual Context ; Pedagogy of the Un-Oppressed ; Critical Pedagogy ; Beyond False Limits ; The Emulation of Adults by Children ; Regurgitation and Repetition ; Data, Capta, and Acta ; Fanaticism and Radicalization ; Transformation of Consciousness ; Notes. --
The unclouded eye. Observation and Assumption ; Assumptions and Telos ; What Do We Presuppose When We Observe? ; Do We Observe to Conserve or Change? ; Matrix of Four Paradigms ; Hope Clouds Observation ; Endnote: Journalistic Objectivity ; Notes. --
Past, presence, and prescience. The Kwisatz Haderach's Picasso Vision ; The Appearance of Time ; Other Memory: The Past as a Presence in the Present ; Prescience: The Future as a Presence in the Present ; The At-Once ; Notes. --
History meets Heisenberg. Singular History ; Historical Genres ; Historical Plurality ; Partial Histories ; Instrumental Reason ; Grand Narratives of Modernity ; History is More--A Grand Fact of Being ; Notes. --
The last emperor. Pharonic Politics ; The Desert of the Real ; When Mind Meets Myth ; The Missionaria Protective on Arrakis ; The Saint Paul Problem in Dune Messiah ; The Decline of Empire in Children of Dune ; The Last Emperor ; Bene Gesserit Democracy ; Notes. --
The language of the worm. When Mind Meets Magic ; The Cottages at Cordeville ; Sheanna's Dance of Propitiation ; Integration ; Ignorance is Not Bliss ; Notes. --
CODA. Mental Overlay ; Simulflow ; Hyperconsciousness ; Decto.
Series Title: Hampton Press communication series., Critical bodies.
Responsibility: Kevin C. Williams.

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"Frank Herbert wrote six novels now referred as The Dune Chronicles. This book culls from the pages of The Chronicles the politics, religion and communicology of Dune--the underlying philosophy that motivates the characters to action. The purpose of the book is to unpack Herbert's ideas, and to find a place for them in our lives, learning, knowledge and wisdom. Herbert gives us the Mentat, or human computer, as an emblem of his creation; the author seeks here to learning from Dune's uncommon wisdom the Mentat's way of perception. He seeks to interpret these Chronicles in the terms of these times, and within the purview of the philosophy of communication and cultural studies."--Publisher's website.

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