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Joan (microbiologist)
Molecular microbiologist, working on bacterial hydrogen fuel
Interests: Science Fiction, author of A Door into Ocean
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I think the biology and the environmental message make Avatar the most important SF film since 2001: A Space Odyssey. The tree-root network is similar to a real root network of fungi that connects all forests around the Earth. Also, the sex-connection among diverse species reflects today's understanding of DNA transfer among species. The gender balance is also impressive. I can see how Cameron trimmed the original script so as to increase the impact of female characters; for instance, Neytiri concludes as a warrior/savior, not just a pregnant trophy as in the original. I hope the sequel will continue the environmental aim and develop the gender balance even more.
I liked the "dragon birds" because they reminded me of actual bird colonies on Galapagos, where the birds are so thick you nearly have to shove them aside with your boot. I hope this film will recruit real-life Jake Sullys... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at AVATAR
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I am interested in using Avatar to recruit Americans to help people of South and Central America save their endangered rainforests. I hope the sequel will extend this theme. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at Joan (microbiologist)'s blog
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