Re: [EVA] 11° Angel [biology dissertation]
archer at senet.com.au
Sat Sep 11 15:10:49 EDT 1999
At 01:14 PM 10/09/99 +0200, you wrote:
>What kind of creature is it? I mean, many angels are similar (in some
>extreme way) to animals (i.e. 10°=spider, 8°=fish, and so on)
It was explained as some sort of multicellular communal creature. The
individual parts showed common purpose (well, as much as any Angel shows)
but no intelligence - like a slime-mold or something...
Its another example of Gainax taking legitimate science and twisting it
around for dramatic purpose (like the Sea of Dirac etc.)
>After the polisoms attack (btw... what's a polisom?)
During translation or protein synthesis in eukaryotic cells, ribosome
complexes are latched onto and zoom along messenger RNA, grabbing amino
acid-transfer RNA molecules out of the cytoplasm and stringing them
together as proteins. This happens dozens to hundreds of times
simultaneously on the one mRNA strand, before the molecule starts to
degrade (RNA is less stable than DNA). The mRNA, with all the ribosomes on
it and the proteins hanging off of them is all called a 'polysome'.
>Now, obviously, this is a "sci-fi" story, so i don't pretend that
>everything be perfectly relistic...
It ain't. Its a very silly idea. Also doesn't make for very dramatic action
"Wow. I hope Maya and Ritsuko can type fast enough before the countdown
ends. I wonder what will happen?"
>but what do you think if i try to make a connections between the DNA
>codes (of a living being) and the binary codes (of a computer program,
>as a virus)?
Well, they share similarities, but the Angel must have been very clever to
transfer itself from genomic code to computer code.
>Another point: how Ritsuko kills him?
She types really fast.
>For what i've undertood, they accelered his evolution process, that (as
>Gendo said) bring to the death.
Another bit of balloney.
>This mean that
>the Angels are absolutly individual, and maybe we can link this to the
>"non reproducing" characteristic of Angels.
You see, Gendou's remark about evolution really annoys me (being the
neo-Darwinist that I am). If something cannot reproduce, it cannot evolve
in the biological sense. In order to evolve and adapt, Ireul must have been
composed of constantly dividing (and diversifying)... microcreatures (for
desperate want of a better term) which, through the process of Natural
Selection (which I won't try to explain here, just accept that you can't
argue with it), could apadt to any environment it found itself in, whether
biological or electronic.
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