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linguist
Tue, Dec 11, 2012, 11:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

"tragically forced to kill Yuta" What? No, Riker could have just knocked her out with more stun blasts, or tackled her. Or the intended victim could have stood up and ran away. Or one of the people could have been beamed away.
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linguist
Sat, Aug 18, 2012, 3:31am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Projections

This episode became a classic as soon as Chakotay posed the fate of the doctor's existence in terms of the doctor choosing what he (did not want to admit that he) wanted - being human so he could be with Kes - or choosing an unidealized existence. The pursuit of an idealized existence would have led to death, just like in Thomas Mann's Death in Venice. This episode in fact rewrites Death in Venice as a comedy rather than a tragedy, since the doctor makes the ethical choice to avoid an idealization, and he thereby gains life, though it is just a "representation." (Hm, just like Kant affirms that empirically real objects are nothing but representations in his Refutation of Idealism of the first Critique...)
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linguist
Thu, Aug 16, 2012, 4:35am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Phage

@Graham - you cannot presume consistent failure rates across all organs of an alien system. some other vital organ may have a 9 years before wearing out while the lungs have potential to last longer.
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Linguist
Sat, Aug 11, 2012, 4:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Chimera

@Changling and @Ian and @Nic

The religious, racial, national, and anthropological critique was excellent, Changling! Ian is right to call for an inclusion of the queer voice. Nic's remark about love is very insightful, and I would like to add a linguistic critique.

The Founders in the Link are actually Immanuel Kant's aliens in his book Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View. Kant imagines aliens always to think out loud, incapable of hiding their thoughts, unlike humans. Kant feels just like Nic when Nic says, "Imagine being physically and telepathically connected to every other living being on your planet for most of your life? You can't love one person under those circumstances." As Odo says, linking is as natural for changelings as _talking_ is for humans; linking is alien language, language without the human freedom of self-editing. Humans make meaning by punctuating their words, whereas the link loses the meaning of human freedom because it the link is free of grammar, without periods or end.

@Neil

In this sense we can take Neil's criticism of Changling identity as pointing out the falseness of Laas' comment about human and changeling "limits"; we (subjects) are all limited by immutable form (i.e. LINGUISTIC BEING), as Kant said, but whereas humans know this, the Changelings are capable of disavowing their limits by performing the Link. The "metaform" of limitless Linking is a fantasy, which Neil points out by showing the incompabatility of reality (multiple previously-Linked changelings with individuality) with Laas' claims of limitlessness.

Now we can also agree with Nic's conclusion that "In a way, despite all the disadvantages of being a humanoid, that 'weakness' allows us to feel closer to one person than any Changeling could." It is humanity's eternal curse of having a "weak link in the chain" that allows us the strength of drawing meaning from the notion of freedom, independence from our nature just as Odo, for love, alienates himself from his kind and thereby gains freedom.

So Changling is right about the Founders being self-defenders and not criminals, but only insofar as the Founders maintain their queerness and avow their limits, which Odo does but the endless Linkers do not.

Besos! ;-*
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