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Old 07-04-2011, 04:28 AM
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Has anyone actually thought over how the Avatars are made?

First the alien scientists take genetic material from (dead?) Na'vi (possibly killed by SecOps); the gene-harvesting itself would likely be regarded by the Na'vi as graverobbing and theft of sacred essence.

Then the scientists mash Na'vi and alien (human) essence to make strange hybrids, mostly Na'vi but with quite a few human (that is, alien) features. They are grown not in a mother but in a glass tube. This whole process might well be considered a blasphemy against Eywa (not to mention showing a striking disrespect for the People).

Finally, at some stage of the hybrids' development they are lobotomized; their minds killed to make an empty shell that the "driver" can possess without trouble. Starting to see why this is wrong?

Imagine the horror and anger of the Na'vi, upon discovering how uniltirantokx are made. They would probably kill every last one on their world, every single user of one, and every Sky Person vrrtep who helped make them. And yes, they would include Mr. "I've gone completely native" Jake Sully in that judgement--he still, in effect, killed and replaced the Na'vi person that should have lived in that body.

Really, really unethical. This is Mengele-scale mad science, yet the science branch are supposed to be the good guys. Moral dissonance anyone?
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:39 AM
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No Avatars, no movie.

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Old 07-04-2011, 06:56 AM
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No Avatars, no movie.

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No.

More like "/copout".


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Has anyone actually thought over how the Avatars are made?

First the alien scientists take genetic material from (dead?) Na'vi (possibly killed by SecOps); the gene-harvesting itself would likely be regarded by the Na'vi as graverobbing and theft of sacred essence.

Then the scientists mash Na'vi and alien (human) essence to make strange hybrids, mostly Na'vi but with quite a few human (that is, alien) features. They are grown not in a mother but in a glass tube. This whole process might well be considered a blasphemy against Eywa (not to mention showing a striking disrespect for the People).

Finally, at some stage of the hybrids' development they are lobotomized; their minds killed to make an empty shell that the "driver" can possess without trouble. Starting to see why this is wrong?

Imagine the horror and anger of the Na'vi, upon discovering how uniltirantokx are made. They would probably kill every last one on their world, every single user of one, and every Sky Person vrrtep who helped make them. And yes, they would include Mr. "I've gone completely native" Jake Sully in that judgement--he still, in effect, killed and replaced the Na'vi person that should have lived in that body.

Really, really unethical. This is Mengele-scale mad science, yet the science branch are supposed to be the good guys. Moral dissonance anyone?
1) You can obtain genetic material from any portion of the organism you wish, and then you have the code to make that organism. Considering how advanced genetics are supposed to have come by 2154, it would not be infeasible to simply use the Na'vi genetic material (they do not have DNA; DNA is a specific compound, deoxyribonucleic acid, that is exclusive to Earth organisms and probability says that the existence of the exact same compound in organisms from other worlds is extremely unlikely) as a blueprint (uh...no pun intended...) to make whatever cell or organ they want to. If you think about it, they'd have to have some ridiculously advanced technology to pair DNA with Na;vi genetic material in the first place.

2) They don't lobotomize them...I have no idea where you got that from, but a lobotomy is when a portion of the frontal lobe of someone's brain is removed, rendering them mentally incapable of many higher functions. The Avatar is grown from cells whose genetics are a mixture of Na'vi and Human DNA, and therefore so is all of the tissue. The drivers can only bond with the brain because the Avatar brain is stimulated (therefore allowing it to develop properly) and genetically "hardwired" to it's driver. The brain is the "most human" part of the Avatars, because if it was "too Na'vi" the drivers would never be able to link to them. The Avatars are held in suspended animation and are genetically built to be unable to form the intricate neural complexes that form conciousnesses, so that they have "empty" minds, with enough room for a driver to occupy them.

The answer to your question is that yes, we have thought, but we also know, because much of the info is sort of out there already.

I'm sorry, but your post came off as rather foolish and wildly speculative. Maybe you should ask more questions instead of just posting what you think you know?
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:15 AM
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No.

More like "/copout".




1) You can obtain genetic material from any portion of the organism you wish, and then you have the code to make that organism. Considering how advanced genetics are supposed to have come by 2154, it would not be infeasible to simply use the Na'vi genetic material (they do not have DNA; DNA is a specific compound, deoxyribonucleic acid, that is exclusive to Earth organisms and probability says that the existence of the exact same compound in organisms from other worlds is extremely unlikely) as a blueprint (uh...no pun intended...) to make whatever cell or organ they want to. If you think about it, they'd have to have some ridiculously advanced technology to pair DNA with Na;vi genetic material in the first place.

2) They don't lobotomize them...I have no idea where you got that from, but a lobotomy is when a portion of the frontal lobe of someone's brain is removed, rendering them mentally incapable of many higher functions. The Avatar is grown from cells whose genetics are a mixture of Na'vi and Human DNA, and therefore so is all of the tissue. The drivers can only bond with the brain because the Avatar brain is stimulated (therefore allowing it to develop properly) and genetically "hardwired" to it's driver. The brain is the "most human" part of the Avatars, because if it was "too Na'vi" the drivers would never be able to link to them. The Avatars are held in suspended animation and are genetically built to be unable to form the intricate neural complexes that form conciousnesses, so that they have "empty" minds, with enough room for a driver to occupy them.

The answer to your question is that yes, we have thought, but we also know, because much of the info is sort of out there already.

I'm sorry, but your post came off as rather foolish and wildly speculative. Maybe you should ask more questions instead of just posting what you think you know?

I strongly agree with your all your information Raiden! Irayo ma tsmukan.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:49 AM
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People already raised a lot of points I was going to, but I should point out again that you don't have to die to give genetic material. (Although, the Avatars themselves DO creep me out when I think about them too much, thanks original script where Jake/Josh's Avatar was MOVING without him in it, although I've read an EXCELLENT fic from the POV of Jake's Avatar, so, la).

But also, um, you forgot to mention that HUMANS would likewise regard the Avatars as strange, immoral. Leaving aside the potential personality loss, Dr Lovecraft practised on primates and "condemned criminals" before the Avatars were ready for their Ph.D-owning 'proper' drivers. Hello animal and human rights abuse, right there, and THAT'S where I think the actual moral dissonance comes into it.
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I don't think that the Avatars are 'lobotomized' either. It's my belief that only the parts of the avatar brain corresponding to the brain stem and hypothalamus are ever fully operational.
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:13 AM
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Never in the film I saw something that would suggest that the Na'vi have a concept of blasphemy, or have an issue with “graverobbing.” All the time they were only concerned about real things, about protecting the wealth of their world. (In fact, with their lifestyle, you can say that they have little issue with animals eating the remains of their dead, and since they don't see themselves as much superior to the animals, one form of “graverobbing” is pretty much already accepted.)

We tried to level their forests. We treated them worse than they treat their supper. We killed many of them with the most nasty of guns. We cut one of their Tree of Voices. We burnt their village to the ground. We tried to bomb the Tree of Souls. I'm certain that in their eyes, the fact that we took some of their DNA to make a few avatars is the least significant issue. People on Earth would have more issue with it than the Na'vi.
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:33 PM
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I think it's definitely feasible that the Na'vi would object to Avatars, since they're definitely unnatural. Of course they might not either.
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I almost thought this thread was a troll.

If you think sampling DNA kills a creature, then you honestly have no understanding of how it works (and for that matter, it was never said that the avatars used a specific Na'vi individual's DNA, it could be sequenced from a mapping of their genome in order to make it more likely to be a match).
Indeed, it seems very unlikely that a use of specific individual's genetic code is the case, since avatars have to be carefully created to be compatible with their user then creating a genetic profile from a map of the Na'vi genome would be far more likely to allow compatibility with the human.


Secondly, I don't think the Na'vi share human concepts (and indeed, how do you apply an abstract concept to a living organism?) - Eywa didn't do anything specific with the Na'vi, they just coexist with her. Applying human mythological concepts to a biological organism doesn't work.

Again, nobody ever said that anything was done to make the avatars dormant - indeed, the nervous system modifications mean they would likely have never been viable as an autonomous lifeform. A lobotomy would not would not actually produce an effect like that. It is perfectly possible to engineer an organism to have no higher functions but a functioning autonomic system, this would likely be an effect of matching the nervous system to the human operator's too.

What REALLY pisses me off is people calling the Na'vi stupid. I'm sure they know what avatars are and the basics of the process much like they know the basics of the neural network. Making ridiculous assumptions with no base like this is pointless - Jake IS a Na'vi now, the Na'vi are not like the humans at all. Sure, some humans might, but there are differences in how the two think. Jake didn't kill anyone, neither did he replace anyone (I would have wondered if you had even watched the film if you were new at this point).
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What REALLY pisses me off is people calling the Na'vi stupid. I'm sure they know what avatars are and the basics of the process much like they know the basics of the neural network. Making ridiculous assumptions with no base like this is pointless - Jake IS a Na'vi now, the Na'vi are not like the humans at all.
Actually, I wouldn't be so sure about that - not because the Na'vi are 'stupid', but because I have no idea how on Earth Grace and Co would explain the process given different tech-levels, the language barrier and terminology. But, that's a very minor issue.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:22 AM
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I didn't even mean in the school, I meant the Na'vi already knowing it - everything form the role of the tree of souls to individual plants.
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I didn't even mean in the school, I meant the Na'vi already knowing it - everything form the role of the tree of souls to individual plants.
*blinks* I was talking about the processes involved in creating the Avatars, not the neural network.
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hmm, I didn't get that impression from you quoting my part about Na'vi not being stupid, and talking about explaining it in the school...

Edit: I meant the OP claiming that the Na'vi do not know what Avatars are, when it was made clear in the film and even more so in the script that that is total crap, they certainly do know.
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hmm, I didn't get that impression from you quoting my part about Na'vi not being stupid, and talking about explaining it in the school...
Well, that's what I thought you were talking about, hence my comment. So, looks like we both just misunderstood each other.
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Really, really unethical. This is Mengele-scale mad science, yet the science branch are supposed to be the good guys. Moral dissonance anyone?






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