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15th Aug '16 6:43:26 PM twingle93
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** The Authority is actually closer to the Demiurge of Gnosticism - a deluded, powerful but not omnipotent being who created evil but is not actually Satan.
15th Aug '16 6:37:55 PM twingle93
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** I figured that with the Authority being God the Father, Jesus would be one of the guises of Metatron. Makes sense as Jesus is often described as ruling in Heaven at God's right hand. Metatron was once human after all, and could have easily used his powers to appear human as well in order to form a religion that worshiped the Authority.
23rd Jul '16 1:17:19 PM LadyStormcrow
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Allowing the souls a method to move on was great, but doesn't leaving the harpies to judge who goes through sour it quite a bit? The only conditions are don't lie and and tell an interesting story. By that criteria any of the Gobblers would get through because they lived interesting lives in spite of harming children, while any number of good people that didn't do much would be denied reincarnation. I understand it was part of the message to go out and live life to the fullest. But looking back it seems more like 'You can be as good or as evil as you like, but you must never be seen as boring by self important Eldritch Abominations. Otherwise you'll be condemned to limbo for eternity.'. I was amazed that in the end the characters decided to encourage people to live this way to satisfy the harpies, rather than get the angels to renegotiate or outright remove them. Pullman really forced in his philosophy in an awkward manner. I was under the impression the core message was not accepting authority that judges people for irrelevant things and forces them to conform to their own values.

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Allowing the souls a method to move on was great, but doesn't leaving the harpies to judge who goes through sour it quite a bit? The only conditions are don't lie and and tell an interesting story. By that criteria any of the Gobblers would get through because they lived interesting lives in spite of harming children, while any number of good people that didn't do much would be denied reincarnation. I understand it was part of the message to go out and live life to the fullest. But looking back it seems more like 'You can be as good or as evil as you like, but you must never be seen as boring by self important Eldritch Abominations. Otherwise you'll be condemned to limbo for eternity.'. I was amazed that in the end the characters decided to encourage people to live this way to satisfy the harpies, rather than get the angels to renegotiate or outright remove them. Pullman really forced in his philosophy in an awkward manner. I was under the impression the core message was not accepting authority that judges people for irrelevant things and forces them to conform to their own values.values.

[[WMG: Possible Daemon Species]]
As far as we know, there's no strict rule for what types of animals a daemon can take the shape of. Pan even turns into a small dragon at one point (though that might just mean dragons are a real species in Lyra's world). But all the daemons that we see in canon have one thing in common: they're a manageable ''size'' for following their humans around in day-to-day life. The biggest daemon we see is Stelmaria, and you could fit a snow leopard anywhere you could fit a large dog. However, we also know that daemons don't always settle on a form that's convenient for their human, as in the case of the sailor whose dolphin daemon kept him trapped close to the water at all times.

So, do daemons ever settle on a form that's too big to follow their human indoors? Are there people with giraffe or elephant (or even dinosaur) daemons? They might be able to get by in a rural setting, but a city-dweller would be screwed (which might be why we never see such people in canon - anyone with such a huge daemon has no choice but to leave Oxford).
10th May '16 6:22:24 PM dsollen
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**** Actually, Genetics do work that way. If the genes for eye color were simple domonent/recessive genes they way school teaches us it would be impossible, but the truth is school lied to us all, eye color is controlled by many different genes in conjunction which have interactions that are more complex then basic pundent squares can handle. While the "brown dominant, blue recessive" rule of thumb is accurate usually it is entirely possible for a brown eye child to be born: http://genetics.thetech.org/how-blue-eyed-parents-can-have-brown-eyed-children
1st May '16 8:02:59 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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*** To stretch the metaphor a little, though, you don't always suffer every possible symptom of a disease. Even if an aromantic or asexual person never falls in love, they still go through puberty.
1st May '16 4:54:45 AM Laina1312
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** Not necessarily if you're asexual or aromantic.
1st May '16 4:37:30 AM Laina1312
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**** Never, actually, he was allergic to the contacts. They didn't CGI them, either.
4th Jan '16 2:20:13 PM danime91
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** [[SarcasmMode Of course it's not criticizing religion]]. Seriously, don't tiptoe around the subject. Own up to it. Pullman sure did.
4th Jan '16 2:11:22 PM danime91
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*** No, I'm pretty sure he was railing against Christianity specifically. The very use of the name Metatron automatically leans it toward Judaism/Christianity, and multiple (poorly researched) historical references make it clear that the target is painted on Christianity.
6th Nov '15 1:20:17 PM Kuriosity
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[[WMG: Was Nobody Else Bothered By The Reincarnation Rules?]]
Allowing the souls a method to move on was great, but doesn't leaving the harpies to judge who goes through sour it quite a bit? The only conditions are don't lie and and tell an interesting story. By that criteria any of the Gobblers would get through because they lived interesting lives in spite of harming children, while any number of good people that didn't do much would be denied reincarnation. I understand it was part of the message to go out and live life to the fullest. But looking back it seems more like 'You can be as good or as evil as you like, but you must never be seen as boring by self important Eldritch Abominations. Otherwise you'll be condemned to limbo for eternity.'. I was amazed that in the end the characters decided to encourage people to live this way to satisfy the harpies, rather than get the angels to renegotiate or outright remove them. Pullman really forced in his philosophy in an awkward manner. I was under the impression the core message was not accepting authority that judges people for irrelevant things and forces them to conform to their own values.
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