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[[File:Mentat.jpg|thumb|A mentat, as depicted in the 1984 adaptation of Dune.]]A '''Mentat''' is a fictional profession or discipline in [[Frank Herbert]]'s [[Dune]] universe. Mentats are [[humans]] trained to mimic computers: human minds developed to staggering heights of cognitive and analytical ability.
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A '''Mentat''' is a fictional profession or discipline in [[Frank Herbert]]'s [[Dune]] universe. Mentats are [[humans]] trained to mimic computers: human minds developed to staggering heights of cognitive and analytical ability.
   
 
As established by Frank Herbert, following the defeat of the thinking machines by humanity in the Butlerian Jihad, it was forbidden to create sentient machines:
 
As established by Frank Herbert, following the defeat of the thinking machines by humanity in the Butlerian Jihad, it was forbidden to create sentient machines:
   
''Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.'' — Orange Catholic Bible
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Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind. — Orange Catholic Bible
   
 
The Mentat discipline was developed as a replacement for computerized calculation, just as the Bene Gesserit and the Spacing Guild took on functions previously provided by thinking machines. For thousands of years, society considered Mentats the embodiment of logic and reason.
 
The Mentat discipline was developed as a replacement for computerized calculation, just as the Bene Gesserit and the Spacing Guild took on functions previously provided by thinking machines. For thousands of years, society considered Mentats the embodiment of logic and reason.

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