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I consider that a positive review. Avatar as Rorschach. The filmmaker and the film have been labeled pro-civilization and anti-civilization, pro-science and anti-science, un-American and too American, anti-Marine and pro-Marine, racist and anti-racist, anti-indigenous and pro-indigenous, woman-respecting and misogynistic, leftist and neo-conservative, progressive and reactionary, activist and self-absorbed.

And, of course, there have been religious labels: pagan, atheistic, theistic, pantheistic, panentheistic, and animistic. Observing the stunningly diverse and highly contested cognitive and emotional responses to Avatar reminded me of the famous Rorschach psychological test, in which individual reactions to ink blots shown on cards vary widely, presumably because of differences in the psychological constitution and cultural context of the test takers.

Indeed, the reception has been as diverse and contentious as it has been because the audience has brought so many different historical, aesthetic, spiritual, and ideological presuppositions to the ferment.

Critics quite naturally arose to defend histories, worldviews, lifeways, ideologies, and religions that they concluded Cameron had challenged in his film, contending as well that the views promoted in Avatar were misguided, if not dangerous. Some of the strongest criticisms came from monotheists who felt that the film promoted a spiritually perilous paganism or pantheism.

Some churchgoers, however, especially in the case study on the response of Canadian Christians, are much more positive about the film than these critics Haluza-Delay, Ferber, and Wiebe-Neufeld This may be surprising to those who only read the conservative critics or who do not know how plural and internally conflicted Christianity has become, with regard to both worldviews at variance with traditional doctrines and environmental concerns and spiritualities e.

The reactions of conservative political pundits held other surprises. Of course, some service members were harshly critical of the film. The film teaches us that the only choice the aborigines have is to be saved by the human beings or to be destroyed by them.

Instead, he expresses a view held by some progressives and probably the majority of leftist radicals: that the film does little if anything to promote anti-capitalist action and solidarity with indigenous peoples, let alone revolutionary class consciousness. Instead of trying to return to some supposed natural balance that hubristic humans have disturbed, he contends, we must sever our roots in nature and embrace artificiality, including by transforming nature through genetic engineering.

He concludes by admiring a pile of trash and arguing that we need to love and embrace the real world, not an idealized one.

Clearly, for such radicals, Prometheus lives! Some of these radicals share the criticism that the film is rooted in regressive ideas such as the supposed white saviour theme.

Anarcho-primitivists, a subset of radical environmentalists who seek to reharmonize humans with nature through a return to pre-agricultural foraging lifeways, seem to be especially receptive to the film.

As Col. First, it suggests that at least some of those who have affinity with anti-authoritarian and biocentric ethics may be more likely than others to approve of Avatar. Second, AbdelRahim highlights the pernicious role that anthropologists and other scientists have played in the subjugation of indigenous peoples and their deracination from and the destruction of their habitats.

Most contemporary anthropologists, of course, understand and attempt to distance themselves from this history, including through efforts to support aboriginal peoples in their struggles against further threats to their cultures and homelands Starn ; Clifford Part of this effort includes criticism of ideas they consider to be overtly or covertly colonialist.

What at least some in the anarchist tradition are doing, however, is extending their critique of authoritarianism to the exploitation and subjugation of non-human living beings, even identifying humanism and its leftist variants as part of the global problem.

This helps explain why radical environmentalists, including the anarchists among them, have for the most part found more to praise than criticize in Avatar. Evaluating the Competing Views That different individuals and groups tend to perceive things differently is, on the one hand, a dynamic to be welcomed, because differently situated people may have insights that people placed elsewhere may not.

On the other hand, it is a problematic tendency, for it is also possible for our cognitive frames to create a field of view in which other perspectives, as well as information that might disconfirm our expectations, remain out of focus. So it worried me when I thought about what insights might gleaned, or missed, when considering the film, given the strong human tendency to see what one expects, especially when we often remain insular, segregated in our own cultural enclaves, including supposedly enlightened, academic ones.

The tendency toward Rorschach-style, quick-reaction analyses seemed to me methodologically flawed. I set out to study the film and its reception, therefore, in a collaboration with others, that was designed to examine not just the scholarly but the popular reception and impact of the film. With this work now in mind I will now weave in my own views about Cameron, his film, and its significance.

In my view, if by misogyny we mean the hatred of women and girls , the criticism that Avatar and, by implication, Cameron is misogynist, as argued by Klassen can be quickly dismissed, for it appears to be based on weak evidence and ignores evidence to the contrary.

Cameron is properly recognized, to evidence a counter-argument, for creating powerful heroines, unlike most Hollywood directors Keegan , , A number of articles written or co-authored by indigenous scholars, however, have raised more poignant observations and criticisms.

These express both appreciation for and disappointment with the film. For evidence, they note that in Avatar, Sully prevails over Omaticaya natives in athletic events. But this observation gives me pause: why does the Sully character have to be superior to the tribals in their own sports and martial arts and with the animals they customarily use in those activities?

This is only one of many examples in which critics set an impossibly high ethical bar for a filmmaker to vault. Moreover, I think it is important to ask: Through what other means has the violent deracination of indigenous peoples by imperial forces ever been presented to a global mass public?

One would think that this would draw praise, not such sharp criticism, from those who would like to raise global awareness of this long history and resistance to its continuing process. For many critics, of course, reaching a mass audience with a pro-indigenous and reverence-for-life message is far from enough.

She finds it difficult to see how a spectacle like Avatar could be, in any sense, helpful to native peoples. Of the indigenous analysts of the film, I found the reflections of Daniel Heath Justice and Julia Good Fox especially nuanced and insightful.

Using an approach that complements the fieldwork-based studies Avatar and Nature Spirituality Taylor, , Justice ; cf. Julia Good Fox also understands well any cynicism about the film in light of the long history of filmmaking serving imperial interests and the ideology of manifest destiny. Grace Augustine, and Trudy Chacon. Colonizers also want to be forgiven for the damage they and their ancestors have wrought. His stated motivation was, essentially, that if the latecomers did not feel at home, if they did not feel that they belonged to this continent, then they would continue to treat badly its Aboriginal peoples and the land itself.

For the purpose of this analysis, the details of the ceremony are less important than its emotional dimensions.

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But reconciliation can only really be achieved through the generosity of native peoples. Good Fox observes, it seems to me, an important parallel moment in Avatar that symbolizes the possibility despite fraught histories and human frailties that cross-cultural respect and reciprocity can be developed.

Here, it seems to me, Good Fox illuminates important mythic and religious themes in the film, including those of repentance, redress, forgiveness, and reconciliation. As we have seen, Daniel Heath Justice is more pessimistic than Good Fox about the film precipitating respect for and solidarity with indigenous peoples, let alone kinship feelings toward our Earthly non-human co-inhabitants. For my part, during many interviews with environmental activists over more than two decades, I have learned that no small number of them trace their activist vocations to, or at least note important influences of, artistic productions that explore and evoke outrage and sympathies regarding injustices toward people and the wider natural world.

Some have cited J. As a result of such testimonies, I am more inclined to expect that a film like Avatar will inspire some viewers to become activists or to deepen such commitments, if they are already present.

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Many statements that audience members have made about the film, including those reported in this volume, indicate that they recognize that the film is a melodrama that exaggerates characters to get audiences rooting for one side over the other.

I doubt, therefore, that its oversimplifications would significantly reduce the extent to which audiences would draw the messages the filmmaker intended to convey. This alone is not enough, Cameron acknowledges, for a film like Avatar does not tell people what to do.

He does think, however, that such art can precipitate action. Some of his critics, of course, are disparaging of his strategic vision. It is clear, moreover, that although Cameron has forthrightly stated that he is an atheist, he is nevertheless expressing in interviews and through Avatar feelings of awe and wonder at the mysteries of the universe, peace and contentment when in the midst of relatively healthy environmental systems, and deep feelings of belonging and connection to nature.

These are the sorts of perceptions and feelings — the recognition that all living things belong to nature, for they all emerge from, depend upon, and return to Earth — are typical of what I have called dark green spirituality. Cameron has often expressed such feelings, as when responding to an interviewer who asked him whether changes in the natural world that he had witnessed had influenced his creation of Avatar. Avatar as a Catalyst for Positive Change? It would be best to make neither too much nor too little of the potential power of the arts in general, and cinema in particular, in changing attitudes and altering behaviour.

After all, social and environmental activists deploy many strategies toward just such an end — mostly they lose and usually their successes are limited and reversible. A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora we are introduced to Pandora—a pristine and beautiful moon in a distant solar system—its exotic ecosystems, and the indigenous race called the Na'vi.

By piecing together photographs, scientific field notes, and research data, citizens on Earth have collected the information in this field guide as a way to highlight the lessons Pandora can teach the people of Earth, who have struggled to survive as their planet's critical resources are depleted. Though Pandora has proven to be an exceedingly profitable source of natural resources, the environment—from its gravity-defying floating mountains to the small but venomous hellfire wasps and the gigantic carnivorous thanator—poses continual dangers to RDA.

Catalogued with unparalleled precision and access, this field guide provides highly detailed descriptions of the unique creatures and plants found on Pandora, the culture, language, and physiology of the native population, as well as RDA technology and weapons. Eager to save the Earth, the activists have culled this information in hopes to expose the corporate greed and disregard for the native inhabitants and their environment that governs RDA's presence on the foreign moon.

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It has all the extra information about this fantastic world you might need. Including pictures. Jan 26, Pedro rated it liked it. The book really accomplishes the goal of bringing us the world of Avatar and all the animals, plants and tools of the movie. Some of the images are poor in detail and they should have gone either for the sketch style illustration or 3D rendered objects in full detail.

This way it feels like it was a rushed production and is never good Still it is a good download for the price. I would recomend it if you r The book really accomplishes the goal of bringing us the world of Avatar and all the animals, plants and tools of the movie.

I would recomend it if you really liked Pandora even if you didn't like the movie. This book was incredibly poor. Everything about it was shoddy: The absolute worst part of the book was the "handwritten" notes from the "activists" behind the book. They are so histrionic and over the top, and read like they're written by a teenager who's into "fighting the power, man".

Having this as the basis of the book An Activist's Guide was a huge mistake. The science was poorly researched and a lot of it didn't make sense, from misunderstanding basic biological concepts, to pure physics babble.

James Cameron obviously had a lot of good ideas but it seems like the marketing division at 20th Century Fox threw the shooting script at the writers of this book and told them to find vaguely scientific reasons for everything.

The acknowledgements say scientists were involved with this book, but it must have been at a very cursory level. For this reason I really look forward to Stephen Baxter's forthcoming "The Science of Avatar", which will hopefully explore things in a much more professional manner. Somethings came across as really weird to me.

For example, the length of some piece of equipment was given as They need to be that specific? It's ridiculous, and obviously an artefact of converting from inches. I can't believe it was left unchecked during editing. The use of concept art was good but it was often repeated, and they included mostly early concept art, showing that this book was being put together way before the film neared completion.

It would have benefitted from the use of movie stills. The overall design of the book, with crumpled page backgrounds and "handwriting" fonts for the notes was absolutely crap. Just terrible to look at. Fire the designer.

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The best sections were on the Na'vi culture, because here the writers could make up whatever they wanted and have it sound plausible.

These sections were really short though, and marred by more "activist" whining. The worst sections were the plants - all the fictional plants are similar to one another, and the 40 pages of flora were very dryly written.

It got dull fast. Ugh, this book could have been so much better if it had been thoroughly researched, better designed, and the whole "activism" pretense was dropped. My verdict: Apr 02, Travis rated it did not like it.

This book is a complete disappointment. The movie it is based on wasn't the greatest, but it was visually stunning and made ridiculous amounts of money and is spawning a whole trilogy of sequels, so I would think that they could produce a decent tie-in property. Sadly not the case. I had initially dismissed this book when I first heard about it, but when I recently found out about the book The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island which is a really good example of this sort of work, I This book is a complete disappointment.

A Natural History of Skull Island which is a really good example of this sort of work, I was prompted to give this another try.

Mostly I like books about aliens and monsters and unusual creatures, so the only chapter I fully read was the one on the fauna of Pandora.

I also read most of the chapters that proceeded it, the intro, about the world and the Na'vi. Skimmed the sections on flora and the human technology a bit. Thoughts and complaints: But sketches can be interesting, and this is actually poorly rendered CG art and speed painting-like drawings.

And the composition is sloppy in general: Also the Na'vi names for things throughout the book are really inconsistent; sometimes they provide the literal transaltion, sometimes it is just a string of words with no knowable meaning since they aren't included in the dictionary and the frequently have ridiculously long and complex words for fairly simple things - I do like asymmetry of the Na'vi bows, and I find the strange compound structures interesting; many have secondary arms that presumably provide extra pull and I wonder if such structures would work - Overall the impression that I get from the book is that the Na'vi and all of the organisms of Pandora are artificial; it is the only explanation that makes sense.

Possibly it is the classic idea of an experiment by superpowerful unknowable aliens, but I have another hypothesis that I find more plausible: But they didn't want to give up all the comforts of advanced technology, so they designed the animals to be controllable through special neural interfaces, created a world-wide organic internet, and generally modified or created things to either be useful, or merely to fit their whims as something interesting.

The only question is if the Na'vi are truly "primitive" or if they retain knowledge of their true origins. And if they are unaware, has this happened according to plan, or did the carefully designed ecology go rogue at some point?

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Frankly I think this theory does a much better job of explaining why the Na'vi are so distinct from other organisms, and why everything works so neatly. Feb 17, Benjamin Bookman rated it liked it. But it felt way too overdone - to make a field guide for something completely fictional could be fun, but it felt fake instead. Worth flipping through but not a keeper. Mar 20, IFcoltransG rated it liked it.

The oddities of fictional biology intrigued me, but I find that the reports are lacking in detail. It's not a particularly long book, and worth a browse. Jan 05, Leeanna rated it liked it. An Activist Survival Guide, by Maria Wilhelm and Dirk Mathison Written as a survival guide for Pandora, this book provides in-depth information on the flora, fauna, and Na'vi people on the moon, as well as details on the human weaponry and military vehicles imported from Earth.

The plant and animal descriptions include classifications, Latin names, ecology, pictures, and their use on Pandora, as well as possible uses on Earth. The information on the Na'vi people tells about their customs, Avatar: The information on the Na'vi people tells about their customs, culture, and how they live.

There's also some pseudo-scientific explanations for the formation of Pandora and its inhabitants. An Activist Survival Guide" is full of beautiful glossy photos and is a good companion for the movie.

While I haven't seen Avatar yet, I'm more eager to after reading this book, as there are things I'll probably look for in the movie now. This seems like the perfect book for anyone who is really into Pandora and the Na'vi, or maybe someone curious about something specific, such as Na'vi mating habits.

One of my few complaints for this book is the design of the pages. If the gray of the pages were a little lighter I think the text would be easier to read. Otherwise, it feels as if a lot of time and thought went into the appearance of the book, and the visuals are very nice.

Feb 23, Andreas Ganesha rated it it was amazing Shelves: OK, one might say, that I fell into a merchandising trap, when downloading this, but I openly admit, that the movie "Avatar" did touch something inside me, that goes beyond the action and effects of a typical James Cameron film.

This book is the "field guide" to the fictional world of Pandora, and despite being part of a money-making machine here on Earth, it's filled with criticism of consumerism, ecocide and the deadened feelings of the inhabitants of a dying world in this case, our own Earth in a OK, one might say, that I fell into a merchandising trap, when downloading this, but I openly admit, that the movie "Avatar" did touch something inside me, that goes beyond the action and effects of a typical James Cameron film.

This book is the "field guide" to the fictional world of Pandora, and despite being part of a money-making machine here on Earth, it's filled with criticism of consumerism, ecocide and the deadened feelings of the inhabitants of a dying world in this case, our own Earth in a near future.Here, without using the terminology of contemporary environmental ethics, Cameron expressed an affinity for deep ecological or biocentric theories, in which nature is considered to have intrinsic value.

In this manner, Avatar brings to the fore a paradox that has always been implicit in narratives of ecocentric identification: in claiming to heal the split between subject and environment, they presuppose and inadvertently reproduce that split.

Trivia About Avatar: An in-depth look at the people, flora, fauna, and human existence on the moon Pandora. Just terrible to look at.

I found this book to be amazing, its written like a field guide as well as a survival guide and details not only the flora, fauna, and the planet but also the RDA's equipment, as well as the Na'vi's musical instruments, garments and other things that they craft. Day After Tomorrow, The