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Old August 7 2013, 11:07 PM   #20
Bad Thoughts
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Re: Implications of "lifetime within hours" tech

O'Brien spends twenty years in hell, yeah. But does he make any choices there? Had he really been locked in with that other fella for twenty years, would he have made any of the choices the memory-implant version of him is seen making?
It depends. Was the goal to give O'Brien a painful memory of his own making, or simply make him imagine he has killed someone? The complexity of the technology suggests it would be simpler to make him imagine he killed Keiko, Molly, or worse, Julian. However, such an artificial memory might be easier to dismiss over the long run. On the other hand, putting him mentally in a controlled environment and driving him to desperation as part of an organic growth of his character might be more damaging. In Ex Post Facto, Paris maintained his innocence, even though the memory of the victim's death was implanted in him. O'Brien believed he killed E'char over bread, something which had no reality.

Neither Picard nor O'Brien would have had their brains undergo any actual learning activity or major cognitive processing of any sort... Did Picard even learn to play the tin pipe - or was Kamin's lack of skill part of the dream, and his actual learning at the end of the episode a triviality (like tin pipe playing probably would be to many)? Remember how the characters in the dream actually go out of their way to say that Kamin doesn't know how to play...
I think we need to imagine that there is something between book-learning and real experience. The tin whistle can be an easy instrument to pick up, but the Resikan flute isn't necessarily a tin whistle. It might require special techniques: half-holing, over-blowing, tonguing, embouchure, sliding. I believe that the classical pieces that Picard tried to tackle in Fistful of Datas weren't no strictly diatonic, so some additional technique would be necessary.
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