He knew what this essence could do to him—the spice change that pushed his mind into prescient awareness.
As I look back on it, I think there may have been some prescience in my father, too, for it is certain that his line and Muad’Dib’s shared common ancestry.
No prescient dream, no experience of his life had quite prepared him for the totality with which the veils had been ripped away to reveal naked time.
=========================== Prophecy and prescience—How can they be put to the test in the face of the unanswered questions?
He joined her in the ornithopter, still wrestling with the thought that this was blind ground, unseen in any prescient vision.
He felt himself touched briefly by his powers of prescience, seeing himself infected by the wild race consciousness that was moving the human universe toward chaos.
The familiarity of that face, the features out of numberless visions in his earliest prescience, shocked Paul to stillness.
The prescience, he realized, was an illumination that incorporated the limits of what it revealed—at once a source of accuracy and meaningful error.
They were out of the storm, but still not out into the full view of his prescient vision.
And he paused, shaken by the remembered high relief imagery of a prescient vision he had experienced on Caladan.
"We must walk without rhythm," Paul said and he called up memory of men walking the sand …. both prescient memory and real memory.
He said it had something to do with his prescient faculty, but he has been strangely silent about what he sees.
But Paul still felt the nexus-boiling of this cave, still remembered the prescient visions of himself dead under a knife.
The prescient knowledge of the time-boiling variables in this cave came back to plague him now.
The bits of his prescient memory were not quite as he remembered them.
It gave him a new understanding of his prescience, and he saw the source of blind time, the source of error in it, with an immediate sensation of fear.
And he realized with an abrupt sense of shock that he had been giving more and more reliance to prescient memory and it had weakened him for this particular emergency.
He sensed the feeling of humor around him, something bantering in it, and his mind linked up a prescient memory: watercounters offered to a woman—courtship ritual.
Paul caught himself in a stumble, sensing an arrested instant of time, remembering a fragment, a visual projection of prescience—but it was displaced, like a montage in motion.
He knew he had seen this place before, experienced it in a fragment of prescient dream on faraway Caladan, but details of the place were being filled in now that he had not seen.
Prescience had fed his knowledge with countless experiences, hinted at the strongest currents of the future and the strings of decision that guided them, but this was the real-now.
Bits and pieces of this moment registered on his prescient memory, but he felt the differences as though they were physical, a pressure forcing him through the narrow door of the present.
It had been a strange day with these two standing guard over him because he asked it, keeping away the curious, allowing him the time to nurse his thoughts and prescient memories, to plan a way to prevent the jihad.
Without even the safety valve of dreaming, he focused his prescient awareness, seeing it as a computation of most probable futures, but with something more, an edge of mystery—as though his mind dipped into some timeless stratum and sampled the winds of the future.
It occurred to Jessica then to wonder about the limits of Paul’s prescience.
He realized suddenly that it was one thing to see the past occupying the present, but the true test of prescience was to see the past in the future.
The more he resisted his terrible purpose and fought against the coming of the jihad, the greater the turmoil that wove through his prescience.
Accepting the words, Chani was touched by some of the prescience that haunted Paul, and she knew a thing-yet-to-be as though it already had occurred.
Paul, aware of some of this from the way the time nexus boiled, understood at last why he had never seen Fenring along the webs of prescience.
His body had slowly acquired a certain spice tolerance that made prescient visions fewer and fewer …. dimmer and dimmer.
Jessica nodded to herself, remembering her son’s ambivalent feelings toward the spice drug and the prescient awareness it precipitated.
They were breeding for a super-Mentat, a human computer with some of the prescient abilities found in Guild navigators.
He was known to have had prescient visions that were accurate, penetrating, and defied four-dimensional explanation.
This could only mean they saw a nexus, a meeting place of countless delicate decisions, beyond which the path was hidden from the prescient eye.
The Guild navigators, gifted with limited prescience, had made the fatal decision: they’d chosen always the clear, safe course that leads ever downward into stagnation.
It was a kind of visual fatigue and it came, he knew, from the constant necessity of holding the prescient future as a kind of memory that was in itself a thing intrinsically of the past.
Paul thought then of prescient glimpses into the possibilities of this moment — and one time-line where Thufir carried a poisoned needle which the Emperor commanded he use against "this upstart Duke."
The Guild hinted that its navigators, who use the spice drug of Arrakis to produce the limited prescience necessary for guiding spaceships through the void, were "bothered about the future" or saw "problems on the horizon."
And the thought was a shock crashing across his consciousness because he had seen the Emperor in uncounted associations spread through the possible futures—but never once had Count Fenring appeared within those prescient visions.
And if we crossed there making only natural sounds, the kind that don’t attract the worms …. " Paul studied the open desert, questing in his prescient memory, probing the mysterious allusions to thumpers and maker hooks in the Fremkit manual that had come with their escape pack.
There are no more uses of "prescient" in the book.