Quite naturally, holders of power wish to suppress wild research. Unrestricte
d questing after knowledge has a long history of producing unwanted competitio
n. The powerful want a "safe line of investigations," which will develop only
those products and ideas that can be controlled and, most important, that wil
l allow the larger part of the benefits to be captured by inside investors. U
nfortunately, a random universe full of relative variables does not insure suc
h a "safe line of investigations."
-Assessment of Ix, Bene Gesserit Archives