Climate change and the gom jabbar


in Books and literature, Geek stuff, The environment

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In Frank Herbert’s Dune, the protagonist is tested using a machine that “only kills animals.” His hand is placed in a box that simulates the appearance and sensation of having it horribly burned. He is told that he will be killed if he pulls the hand out. The test is to see whether he can overcome his primal reaction: whether he can exercise will over instinct and live. At least according to those who administer it, this is what distinguishes ‘humans’ from ‘animals.’

In some ways, climate change is like a Gom jabbar for all humanity. We are now aware of the needle threatening our collective lives. We know that continuing to act on the basis of instinct will lead to our doom. The question is whether we possess the fortitude to endure what is difficult, in order to avoid what is lethal.

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Anon April 4, 2008 at 8:50 am
. April 4, 2008 at 11:14 am

New Dune Movie Confirmed

“Peter Berg will be directing a new big-budget Dune movie from Paramount. SFFMedia reports that ‘although there were some doubts that they were going to get it,’ the producers have secured the rights to the Dune novel from Frank Herbert’s estate and are looking for writers to provide a screenplay that is true to the original text. Can’t wait!”

Anon April 7, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.

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