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Talco
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It appears these two aspects of the story are not discussed nearly enough - The thing that most intrigued me prior to GM's release was the research behind it.
I totally didn't expect the supernatural elements (e.g. pyrokinesis), because my image of the game was shaped by the earliest premise that was mentioned by Jane - the power the mind has in affecting the reality around us. That *was* indeed explored - but to lesser extent than what I had in mind. Which is probably the reason there's so little discussion of it here. If I'm not mistaken the word neurobiology wasn't mentioned more than once or twice.

So the experiments. They were supposed to test how merely visualising physical activities influences actual physical fitness. Was that really David's sole motive behind them? It's never quite clear, because it appeared he never imagined them to be connected with making contact with Laura. Now two things concerning the results:

I think it's pretty obvious it was Angela who, probably inadvertently, was responsible for the events, and not Laura. Only a few questions arise:

1. Why was the pool dyed red/crimson? The track pattern is obvious - Angela was actually making physical contact with fresh paint. But why the dye in the pool?

2. What exactly was the effect of Angela's dream state during the last two sessions (out of the four)? In the third, she fell asleep and it appears everything was "normal". But in the fourth, i.e. the last, instead of throwing the discs in the track as she was told to visualise, she did it in the dining hall. Why?* I mean I guess she went against Styles's instructions and visualised the dining hall instead of the track, but why?
Also, she didn't fall asleep in the first two sessions, but still those things happened. So I guess I'd like to reiterate the previous question - what's the significance of her falling asleep and dreaming?

3. Did the red glare present in every body's scans have any significance, other than the fact the events took place exactly during those moments? Could it be Angela somehow affected the rest of them, and they too somehow contributed to the events, despite lacking the rare Massa Intermedia that only she possessed?

Must say the idea with the Massa Intermedia is intriguing, probably not true in real life, but so was King Ludwig II being a werewolf:tongue:

*Edit: On further thought, I reached the conclusion that Angela falling asleep is the reason for the dining hall incident. Had a little reversal of causality there. [=

(Edited by Talco at 8:43 pm on Dec. 15, 2010)

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Total Posts: 129 | Joined Nov. 2008 | Posted on: 5:21 pm on Dec. 15, 2010 | Link to this post
Krss
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I think she intended to present pyrokinesis as the power of the mind to affect the reality around us, not as supernatural.

1. Apparently it's because she was thinking of her father's tie, which was purple. The pattern came from the tie too.

2. I don't get that either, why the dining hall and not the track. Maybe she was hungry.:tongue:

3. I think their connection amplified Angela's abilities.

Total Posts: 2307 | Joined Aug. 2006 | Posted on: 2:40 am on Dec. 16, 2010 | Link to this post
theozero
dendrite



They were supposed to test how merely visualising physical activities influences actual physical fitness. Was that really David's sole motive behind them? It's never quite clear, because it appeared he never imagined them to be connected with making contact with Laura.

they were connected with making contact with Laura as was explained in one of the videos on David's computer.He said there in my words that by understanding which parts of the brain affect reality(eg the muscles of the body) he could then stimulate these parts in his own brain (perhaps with some substance) and enhance the strength of his visualisation of memories with Laura thus giving her more energy to communicate with him.That was the reason he made the tank sessions..Again this was in my own words you can watch the video,Iáthink its the last one in the computer.

So I guess I'd like to reiterate the previous question - what's the significance of her falling asleep and dreaming?

I think falling asleep somehow released her unconscious trauma(guilts about her fathers death and anger perhaps about her uncontrollable powers)
Also I think she fell asleep in all of the sessions.It's just the as David said after the second session he switched to his old fmri equipment which would be less sensitive to spikes thus enabling him to see better what was happening during these moments that the spikes occured.

Why was the pool dyed red/crimson?

All the happenings had to do with the photo of Angela's father in her room.This was shown in the video that Sam enters the room and finds Angela with David.

Must say the idea with the Massa Intermedia is intriguing,


I think this part of the brain was chosen to point to the balance of the two hemispheres of the brain or the balance of the two opposites(the place where they are one).Like the middle way of the buddhists.There was also a referral to this I think in the clue of the mirror room riddle where the right way to solve the riddle was said by the person standing in the middle(always go where the prize is furthest away) while the person standing left said always alternate left and right and the person standing right said always go left and always go right at the same time.

(Edited by theozero at 3:44 pm on Dec. 16, 2010)

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Total Posts: 26 | Joined Dec. 2010 | Posted on: 12:57 pm on Dec. 16, 2010 | Link to this post
Talco
hindbrain



Thanks theozero and welcome onboard! Those were some insightful comments, much appreciated! Certainly gave me food for thought, so allow me to first ingest and digest all that (wish I thought of those myself).


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Total Posts: 129 | Joined Nov. 2008 | Posted on: 2:01 pm on Dec. 16, 2010 | Link to this post
theozero
dendrite



the story of the game reminds me of one of my favorite movies.Ingmar Bergman's last movie Fanny och Alexander.It's a great movie to watch for anyone who liked the game.The movie has a similar metaphysical side.It's also a good introduction to Bergman's work cause it contains elements from all of his different works.There are two versions of the movie one that is 3 hours and a director's cut which is 6 hours.

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