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A Mentat is a fictional type of human, presented in Frank Herbert 's science fiction Dune universe . In an interstellar society that fears a resurgence of artificial intelligence and thus prohibits computers, Mentats are specially trained to mimic the cognitive and analytical ability of electronic computers .

In Herbert's fiction, the Butlerian Jihad results in the strict prohibition of all thinking machines , including computers, robots and artificial intelligence of any kind. This is a key influence on the nature of Herbert's fictional setting. [1] The Mentat discipline is developed as a replacement for computerized calculation, just as the Bene Gesserit and the Spacing Guild take on functions previously performed by thinking machines. Since the Butlerian Jihad, society has considered Mentats the embodiment of logic and reason.

More than simply calculators, Mentats possess exceptional cognitive abilities of memory and perception that are the foundations for supra-logical hypothesizing. Mentats are able to sift large volumes of data and devise concise analyses in a process that goes far beyond logical deduction: Mentats cultivate "the naïve mind", the mind without preconception or prejudice, so as to extract essential patterns or logic from data and deliver useful conclusions with varying degrees of certainty. Their calculations are delivered not as numerical probabilities but as flowing paths, subject to new variations through the influence of new factors.

The French mathematical physicist Alexis Clairaut assessed it in 1747: "The famous book of Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy marked the epoch of a great revolution in physics. The method followed by its illustrious author Sir Newton ... spread the light of mathematics on a science which up to then had remained in the darkness of conjectures and hypotheses." [7]

A more recent assessment has been that while acceptance of Newton's theories was not immediate, by the end of a century after publication in 1687, "no one could deny that" (out of the Principia ) "a science had emerged that, at least in certain respects, so far exceeded anything that had ever gone before that it stood alone as the ultimate exemplar of science generally." [8]

In formulating his physical theories, Newton developed and used mathematical methods now included in the field of calculus . But the language of calculus as we know it was largely absent from the Principia ; Newton gave many of his proofs in a geometric form of infinitesimal calculus , based on limits of ratios of vanishing small geometric quantities. [9] In a revised conclusion to the Principia (see General Scholium ), Newton used his expression that became famous, Hypotheses non fingo ("I formulate no hypotheses" [10] ).

A Mentat is a fictional type of human, presented in Frank Herbert 's science fiction Dune universe . In an interstellar society that fears a resurgence of artificial intelligence and thus prohibits computers, Mentats are specially trained to mimic the cognitive and analytical ability of electronic computers .

In Herbert's fiction, the Butlerian Jihad results in the strict prohibition of all thinking machines , including computers, robots and artificial intelligence of any kind. This is a key influence on the nature of Herbert's fictional setting. [1] The Mentat discipline is developed as a replacement for computerized calculation, just as the Bene Gesserit and the Spacing Guild take on functions previously performed by thinking machines. Since the Butlerian Jihad, society has considered Mentats the embodiment of logic and reason.

More than simply calculators, Mentats possess exceptional cognitive abilities of memory and perception that are the foundations for supra-logical hypothesizing. Mentats are able to sift large volumes of data and devise concise analyses in a process that goes far beyond logical deduction: Mentats cultivate "the naïve mind", the mind without preconception or prejudice, so as to extract essential patterns or logic from data and deliver useful conclusions with varying degrees of certainty. Their calculations are delivered not as numerical probabilities but as flowing paths, subject to new variations through the influence of new factors.




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