loremaster wrote:I actually thought one plausible hypothesis was going to be a "time protein" aspect of genetics.
Gibberish? but when you look at how mutation occurs, it is quite conceivable that any sort of protein structure which manipulated time to the tiniest degree would be the basis of the whole books.
By then taking commonly known mechanisms in genetics (such as copy number or expression) you could vary strength. Translocation of the time-bending coding region into other proteins would generate many new proteins which might have new abilities. Mutation would generate similar, non/semi functional proteins a la Siona.
In much the same way as i once wanted to explain OM via oscillations in molecules, i think time-proteins might explain prescience AND om.
Imagine that one somehow quantumly unstable protein could come about, which had implications for time. If that protein could oscillate in such a way as to generate a signal, where everything occuring around it could subtly alter the frequency/variation of the many-dimensional wave it generated, then potentially another receptive protein might be able to pick up and decode that signal, which might have come from the past or the future in time. Interference would also explain how prescients were shielded from other prescients. Guildsmen might be poor recievers but good transmitters, Or it might be the converse (not transmitting therefore unable to be seen.) Someone like Leto would probably be both good at recieving AND transmitting. I dont know, its a method, not a mechanism :p .
Being biological would instantly validate any and all breeding/hereditary links too, since thats the whole basis for biology.
On the other hand my understanding of physics is cack, so signals which travel in time much like others travel in 3 might be total bollocks. But to me, any wave which DID travel in time would explain lots, especially if that wave had the ability to "collapse" any quantum uncertainties, thus "Locking" the future in place.
Feel free to pick that apart at your leisure. I'll be dissapointed if i dont provoke a reaction in at least 'Chig and Phaedrus.
I sort of thought along those lines, of prescience as time-sight in one direction and Other Memory as time-sight in the other direction, but then I realized I was thinking of the wrong species from the wrong planet in the wrong franchise.
I've never seen an Atreides walk out of a blue box. Let's keep it that way.