AvatarWhen I walked out of Avatar, I thought to myself, "Wow, James Cameron has done a lot of acid, and then he spent enough money to bring us with him on his trip." I've never done hallucinogens, but after over two hours of Avatar I felt like I had. Sure, it has plenty of problems, but Avatar with all the bells and whistles is an experience. One that, apparently, struck some moviegoers so deeply it left them depressed and, in some cases, suicidal to "leave" Pandora.

What struck me most as far as the story itself -- probably one of the most interesting parts of the story, as far as I was concerned -- was that Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) compares the connection between the Na'vi and their planet to a brain or a computer network.

According to the script (download the PDF here), Augustine tells Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi), "What we think we know - is that there's some kind of electrochemical communication between the roots of the trees. Like the synapses between neurons. Each tree has ten to the fourth connections to the trees around it, and there are ten to the twelfth trees on Pandora... That's more connections than the human brain. You get it? It's a network - a global network. And the Na'vi can access it - they can upload and download data - memories..." (p. 102)
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