History Headscratchers / EndersGame

16th Apr '16 9:45:44 PM Sharlee
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** There was probably an element of self-learning intended also: the Formics were just barely starting to comprehend that humans were individual minds, not a HiveMind, and knew they needed to comprehend that idea more fully if they were to relate to humans peacefully. Letting their own numbers be cut back to just ''one'' queen, who'd experience her formative years of life as a solitary individual until she could breed, would give their species that perspective on individuality that they desperately needed.

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** There was probably an element of self-learning intended also: the Formics were just barely starting to comprehend that humans were individual minds, not a HiveMind, and knew they needed to comprehend explore that idea more fully radical concept if they were ever to relate to humans peacefully. Letting their own numbers be cut back to just ''one'' queen, who'd experience her formative years of life as a solitary individual until she could breed, would give their species that perspective on individuality that they desperately needed.
16th Apr '16 9:44:28 PM Sharlee
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** There was probably an element of self-learning intended also: the Formics were just barely starting to comprehend that humans were individual minds, not a HiveMind, and knew they needed to comprehend that idea more fully if they were to relate to humans peacefully. Letting their own numbers be cut back to just ''one'' queen, who'd experience her formative years of life as a solitary individual until she could breed, would give their species that perspective on individuality that they desperately needed.
6th Apr '16 8:14:05 AM RedDingo
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** Being able to understand and empathize does not make Ender a damn mind reader nor does it make him a fortuneteller. It also does not suddenly make him the world's best diplomat either. Even if he is a prodigy, he was still a kid prone to same the same errors in judgment and irrational fears that plague most children his age. Part of the struggle in the story is Ender learning how deal with the insight he gains from his interaction with others. Just because he understands his bullies does not mean he suddenly knows exactly how to resolve his conflict with them in a non-destructive manner. It does not even guarantee that such a solution even exists.
7th Jun '15 2:19:31 PM MisterKerr
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*** OSC is on TVTropes! Squee!
9th Jan '15 4:00:39 PM RadiatedRonin
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*** But that attitude is exactly what the book is trying to prove: Your experience as a ''human'' is what is making this response an automatic one. Why would one assume any other species would communicate by sound? It's a rather ineffective way to communicate, and just because the human experience teaches us that this is how things communicate, doesn't make it the universal standard. No where in the series does the Queen ever mention encountering any other intelligent species in the entire time they had been in space.
3rd Nov '14 5:20:23 PM GardenerKing
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******* The first book refers to an event called "The Scouring of China" in the First Bugger War. The Bugger offensive made it all the way to our homeworld, where they bombarded us. They had to know that they were provoking just as violent a response as they got.
22nd Sep '14 12:11:50 PM hbi2k
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** It is [[RetCon strongly implied in later books]] that the two-kid rule was intentionally put in place by the founders of the OneWorldGovernment as an obviously-oppressive measure that, once the immediate existential threat was dealt with, would cause the OWG to dissolve. Which always struck me as a VoodooShark, but, well, there you have it.
22nd Sep '14 12:05:57 PM hbi2k
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** A.) Philotic links are associated with empathy and loyalty, two traits for which Ender is, by human standards, a prodigy. So it stands to reason that he'd be much more "philotically active" (for lack of a better term) than the average human. B.) Ender created a philotic network of empathy and loyalty with his underlings, with himself at both the center and the hierarchical pinnacle, the place that in a bugger hive would be occupied by the queen. He had, in effect, made himself more like them. C.) At the same time, Ender was desperately trying to empathize with and understand the buggers. First by studying the videos of the First and Second Invasions at the Battle School, then learning about them from Rackham, and finally while fighting against them. He was focusing all of his considerable genius and philotic activity on trying to get into their heads. D.) At the same time as all ''that'', the buggers were doing the exact same thing: they saw the human fleets showing up and tearing them apart in every engagement, knew (now) that they were crewed by individual humans, but also knowing that tying it all together was a single mind, a single will: Ender. They were trying desperately both to empathize with and understand that mind and to communicate with it. All four of those circumstances were required for the unprecedented step of creating a bridge between a human mind and the bugger hive mind.
13th Sep '14 11:00:03 PM 425599167
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** It also may be that they knew animals could exist without a hive mind, they had simply never encountered an ''intelligent'' species with that trait.
25th Jul '14 1:56:48 PM dclark
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** It's probably for the same reasons modern schools have students learn from Sun Tzu, Alexander, Caesar, Hannibal, etc.
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