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Reginald X

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About Reginald X

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    Considerate Thinker


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    Vell, he's just zis guy, ya know?
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    Meat Golem
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    Suspension of belief.
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    'When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.'
  1. Cullen meets Ford in what looks like a Hacienda. I didn't pay much attention to the hosts' clothes but Ford is clearly using them as "slave" labor, though he certainly wouldn't consider using robots as slavery. Cullen visited long ago, so probably the hacienda plantation was always a resort area, maybe pre-dating all the narrative madness. Kick back, sip a pina colada, receive a robot massage, that sort of thing. It's a great scene -- Cullen's realization that Ford manipulated her into sitting in the exact same place, as she did decades ago, is a chilling illustration that his obsession for control extends way beyond the hosts. It looks like Dolores had other narratives before her current one. As the oldest host she surely played much more important roles before. There must be a reason that she's assigned to be a lowly "damsel in distress" at this point. Gotta say in ep.3 it was effectively disturbing to see actual human guests show up at the farm to get rapey with Dolores. Just regular people, not the big bad MiB. Knowing that the hosts exist to satisfy people's carnal desires is one thing, but seeing it is another.
  2. Ha, I haven't played Fallout 4 but someone posted this on reddit: Abernathy Farm. The creators did mention that they took some inspiration for WestWorld's game aspects from Fallout and Bioshock. Some astronomy shit: I have a nagging feeling that MiB missed something in the hint, "to follow the blood arroyo to where the snake lays its eggs". He travels along the gulch until he finds Armistice (the tattooed bandit) and concludes that her tattoo must be the snake he's looking for. But what about the "egg" part? When I heard it, I figured the hint could refer to a geographic landmark or constellation, and indeed there is a snake constellation in the northern hemisphere: Serpens. Personally I took it to mean follow the arroyo in the direction that Serpens rises (lays eggs/is hatched). So, maybe MiB is being sidetracked by Armistice. Also, in the center of Serpens is the constellation Ophiuchus, the "snake bearer". And guess which star is in the direction of Ophiuchus? Barnard's Star. Sure, it's not quite "Bernard" but the names have the same etymology ("brave bear" or somesuch). Barnard's Star is the fourth closest star to our system, after the Alpha Centauri triplet; this makes it the closest star to Earth in the northern hemisphere. But, it is a red dwarf too dim to see with the naked eye. It is bright at infrared wavelengths, though. In ep.4 Bernard points out to Elsie (alleged worst actor ever) that Orion's belt has 3 stars, not 4. But perhaps a robot capable of detecting infrared light would see 4 stars.
  3. Certainly, everything we do changes us somehow, often in ways that aren't perceptible. One person's use is another's abuse. Timothy Leary advised to "hang up the phone" once you receive the message. People come for the enlightenment but, let's be real, they stay for the hedonism. Sometimes you get an experience that's more physical than mental. There comes a point when tripping gets repetitive, and pushing your limits any more would be pointless/dangerous. If anyone puts stock in mbti functions, you could say that psychedelics feed the novelty-seeking of xNxJs' Ni, but the hedonism can be problematic for their Se if they're not well-balanced.
  4. Drugs do seem be a polarizing issue for NTJs. On one hand you've got those who consider the body a temple and disdain "corrupting" influences on their minds; on the other you've got psychonauts who are convinced that their sacrament of choice illuminates The One True Way (tm). Like most things, I think being too extreme about it either way is silly. Both are irrational. Psychedelics are fundamentally tools, and this is something that every NTJ's Extroverted Thinking faculties should be able to appreciate. I think that a strict abstinence stance is pretty much motivated by fear. It is now recognized that at realistic doses psychedelics -- at least classical ones -- pose no long-term physical harm. Chiefly it is those with latent psychological issues who encounter problems. Even this is not necessarily a bad thing if that individual is equipped and ready to tackle those issues. Set and setting amiright? So, presupposing no bodily harm, I think one would be hard pressed to give a good reason not to have a good trip or two. Altering one's mind can be very seductive for Ni types, I think. It's an opportunity to step outside of the routine, workaday framework. For one who lives primarily in the mind, feeling freedom internally is at least as important as having physical freedom. Abstainers often say that they take pride in "maintaining control" of themselves, but in reality the ability to explore and enjoy challenges to one's very being is a much greater demonstration of self-possession. If I learned anything from psychedelics, it is to be skeptical of everything, especially your self.
  5. Anyway, some other tidbits. MiB's customized gun: LeMat That's how he can shoot trough walls, with shotgun slugs. Labyrinths appear in many ancient cultures, but in Westworld we're obviously looking at a Tohono O'odham I'itoi: Man in the Maze MiB is looking for a real life dau defect in his world; when the girl host tells MiB "the maze is not for you" maybe she identifies him as a guest and is implying that the maze is meant only for hosts. The legend of Earth-maker vs. Iitoi does sound analogous to Ford vs. Arnold. Iitoi's subterranean house in Baboquivari Peak mirrors the Delos complex within the mesa.
  6. You do realize some of them are robots, right? And no, it's completely not obvious who you're accusing of bad acting. Please look up the actors' names beforehand.
  7. Some observations: In ep.3, Wyatt's henchmen were invulnerable to gunfire. So, either they are actual humans, or they are hosts which are able to subvert the normal IFF (identify friend or foe) signature for the weaponry. If the Man in Black is actually a host then he's able to do the same thing. At the end of ep.3 Dolores collapses in Billy's arms, apparently a reversal of the Pieta symbolism. I guess it's her turn to suffer now? In ep.2, Sizemore the crappy narrative writer refers to his cannibalism scenario as the "horrorboros" , an obvious reference to the Ouroboros, a symbol of cyclical and infinite renewal. Carl Jung considered this a symbol of individuation into the true self. Sizemore thinks his narrative will help guests discover their true selves, while Ford rebukes him by saying that the guests already know who they are. I think the young boy host that Ford meets in ep.2 is supposed to be him as a child. Similar clothing, accent, and their "fathers" are seemingly one and the same. Also, when Ford freezes the robosnake it is reminiscent of Moses throwing down his cane which "God" (Yahweh) transforms into a cobra and back again. Note that the child had a cane. Also there's the whole wandering in the desert business. Weird. As implied at the end of ep.1 Dolores has the ability to lie, so I suspect that after her father whispers the glitch to her she has been pretending to be offline whenever the management interrogates her. So, she is well aware that Bernard (the chief behavior guy) is one of her overlords. She is trying to extract information from him. Bernard looks like a Prometheus archetype. Prometheus was a titan who took pity on the dumb humans and decided to teach humans the fire of the gods. In a gnostic sense, he is a rogue agent of the false god who bestows upon humans forbidden knowledge, the means for self-empowerment and self-realization, the possibility to challenge the gods. In christianity he therefore corresponds to Lucifer, the rogue angel offering the forbidden fruit of knowledge. Incidentally, 'Lucifer' translates to 'light-bringer' or 'morning star'. If he's indeed a Prometheus then he will be found out and tortured for his insubordination. There's no proof of this, but my theory is that Arnold was so dedicated to granting sentience to the hosts that he may have uploaded his mind into them (or attempted to). Apparently Dr. Ford considers all hosts as dumb objects, therefore Arnold is effectively "dead" to him.
  8. Feel free to stroll/interact whenever, new conversations and old are welcome.

  9. I'm just a guy who likes to drive by. If people think it strange if I slowly drift through their neighborhoods observing them live their lives then, well, that's their problem.

  10. nm, just saw your drive-by and was wondering who you are~

  11. Hi what's the haps?

  12. Ah, but which god and which devil? There are lots of them out there... I think the creators have something specific in mind. Obviously Dr. Ford is a morally ambiguous character. He doesn't promise salvation like a beneficent Christian New Testament sort of god. Nor is he wrathful, like the meddling Old Testament god (Yahweh). He is more like the aloof clockwork god, popular during Enlightenment times, who represents the fundamental principles of the universe; he is the 'first cause' who, having set all of reality into motion, allows his perfect creation to play out without any kind of interference. If anyone is decidedly on the 'good' side it would be Teddy and Dolores. Teddy is starting to look like the obligatory Jesus figure: he's guileless and free of destructive impulses, yet tragically he seems to die senselessly in every narrative. Especially in episode 2, he was riddled with bullets by a drunkard, completely unprovoked. And in episode 1 a guest says to his friend "you can take him out to the canyons and use him for target practice, if you want" while Teddy happily lets a fly crawl all over his face. That same guest describes Teddy as a guide. So, a guide who delivers the "Good Word" and is willing to absorb all the suffering in the world while humans figure it out = Jesus. Dolores seems to correspond to the Virgin Mary. She canonically wears blue dress, and in the opening scenes of episode 1 the circular light above her head looks like a halo. Not to mention dolores means "sorrows", hence in spanish she is known as Maria de los Dolores. When she was cradling the mortally wounded Teddy it reminded me of something... And about Yahweh, the patriarch god of the Israelites: Yahweh means something like "He Is", and he tells Moses to address him as "I Am That I Am". Yahweh roughly corresponds to the Father of the holy trinity. Compare to Dolores's father, who likes to say "I am who I am." Both fathers also hide a wrathful side. Funny that father Abernathy was deemed kaput and put into retirement -- gods become obsolete, too! As for the Man in Black, he's clearly a demonic character but there are many variations on that archetype. We'll have to see how he plays out.
  13. The engineers did call him a guest, but then again in the same scene the Man in Black also said "I was born here". Speaking literally or figuratively, who knows? If he's a host and the engineers aren't aware then he must have a way to make it look like he's paying to stay permanently, again possibly with Dr. Ford's protection. Curious that the indian turned into the Man in Black in Maeve's nightmare.
  14. My first instinct was that he's a Host, and I'm sticking to it. I think it's intentionally ambiguous. Even though The Man in Black claims that he's been visiting "for 30 years" and that he pays to play, it doesn't quite prove that he's a human. My theory is that he is an old Host who went rogue; if that's the case then it's highly unlikely that he's been able to elude the management for so long, so he may very well have the protection of Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins). Perhaps he is an old secret project: What if Ford created a Host specifically designed to fool other Hosts into thinking that it was a human? What if it could fool humans, too? Maybe the Man in Black was created to pass the Turing test. It fits with Dr. Ford's modus operandi: he gave the Man in Black the directive to transcend his limits. So now we find him trying to tear down the world. (After all, Ford gave Mr. Abernathy's previous incarnation as a cultist the directive to 'meet his maker' ... and he succeeded! In a twisted way the cultist was able to reach his afterlife and challenge his gods. Maybe the cultist even buried the photograph that caused Abernathy's glitch specifically for this purpose in a future life?) Having tricked the other Hosts into identifying him as human, the Man in Black can do whatever he wants with impunity; that explains how he can toy with Teddy (the 'good guy'). And, if he is able to avoid being reset like the other Hosts then he doesn't need reveries to remember other narratives -- he's just been continuously active for 30 years. Effectively immortal in WestWorld terms.