I'm curious what other people's opinions are in regard to the schools that existed in the course of the 10000 years of human civilization. Remember, the Bene Gesserit and the Guild were the only two ancient schools that had survived, so who knows how many others there were between the time of the Battle of Corrin when the Guild and Bene Gesserit began, and the time of Mua'dib. Also, the fact that the Mentats, Bene Tleilax, and Swordmasters of Ginaz were not considered "ancient schools", seems to indicate that these schools must have only existed a fraction of the time that the Guild and the Sisterhood had. It also may be that there were significant steps in human evolution and science that made humans capable of the levels of intelligence and physical ability necessary to learn from these schools.
Are the animals found on Dune, aside from the Sandworms, a result of the terraforming efforts begun by Pardot Kynes? The Appendix contents of the first novel seem to suggest so, but then what did the Fremen eat for centuries before then? Selachimorpha (talk) 13:02, September 12, 2013 (UTC) - Not all of them are, but remember, Leto II had seen in Other Memory that the sandtrout had been brought to Arrakis and were not originally a native species. And being that the process of the sandtrout trapping water takes a very long time, it is feasable to presume that some of the native species had adapted and evolved to live in the desert conditionsTrash Boat (talk) 10:22, May 1, 2016 (UTC)
I am almost finished reading the first novel Dune. Being a history major I see many parrallels drawn from American and British history, also bits of quantum theory as is pertains to human perception are used. It reads a lot like the history of very real place. Fascinating stuff. Can't wait to finish and move on to the next book in the series. Some of the terminology eludes me as well as the pronouncination of certain words. Did Herbert use Arabic as the basis of some of the names of the Fremen and the Fremen language?