The Softer Side of Dune
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Ultimately, by extrapolating from contemporary understandings of various social sciences to develop the world in Dune, Herbert proves that a focus on the human offers a tremendous opportunity. In Dune, there are noticeable aspects of hard science, particularly the attempt to realistically portray a desert planet. As Paul Atreides himself begins to change and reach a higher plane of consciousness when exposed to higher concentrations of the spice on Dune, he realizes that his strangeness is like that of the navigators and prescience is indeed possible. In Dune, this concept is described through Jessica's point of view when she ingests the Fremen's poisonous Water of Life as part of the ceremony to become a Reverend Mother. Although body shield technology does exist, because of the potential for shields to attract sandworms or explode if they are hit by a lasgun, they are less useful on Dune and so those who can attack or defend themselves competently.