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The Linux Extremist: The First Prophet of Linux

Jul 17, 2006, 22:45 (2 Talkback[s])

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"My favourite science fiction author is Frank Herbert, the creator of the Dune series of novels. The philosophical themes he embeds in his intriguing stories are most compelling: three of most important of these are, first, we should not allow computers to do our thinking for us, and second, conformity is to be avoided, and finally, predictablity is death.

"In the panoply of Herbert's work, these themes manifest themselves in a tale in which humanity has narrowly avoided subjugation by machines by invoking an anti-thinking machine jihad, and avoiding conformity, predictability and extinction through a 'Scattering,' after the collapse of an enforced Peace in a single Empire has caused the energies of humanity to burst out across the universe..."

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