feel free to correct me if my science is wrong

Haise and Kaneki Mind VS. Soul

So everybody’s asking the question. Will Haise’s personality survive the return of Kaneki’s memories? I think that depends on whether he exists with Kaneki’s Mind alone or is part of Kaneki’s soul. And depending on which theory of existence Ishida is using.

Mind Theory

The theory of the mind is that people do not exist on a higher level, that they are merely the synapses of thoughts and electrical impulses created in a properly operating brain attached through memories. 

Under this theory I believe that the damage done by taking IXA through the head created a disconnect between the Kaneki and his memories, and in the blank space as the brain reconstructed it’s self nearly perfectly due to ghoul healing it attempted to recreate itself by creating in a way a new existence.

The new existence (Haise) is attempting to make new connections and use the surviving reflexes, language centers etc. the brain already has while making new memories and forming new perceptions about the world. Forming new dendrites you know.

After all it’s not odd for people with amnesia to even develop seemingly different personalities and even voices.

The funny thing about memories and memory loss though is that memories rarely disappear unless the places the memories are contained achieve brain death. The reason please get with amnesia usually get amnesia is by the connections to the places the memories are stored being  damaged.  

In that case it is safe to assume that as the ghoul healing enabled brain was slowly healing it’s finite connections might be being remade and the old existence (Kaneki) is in a way waking up.

Perhaps the connection between the two existences is being triggered by something. With amnesia often the way someone regains memories is through finding some still existing connection, sometimes a smell or even a taste, or in Haise’s case his own original name. 

Under this theory Haise’s fear of losing himself or his memories would be very real. If Kaneki’s personality took over it could mean disconecting all of Haise’s existence by cutting of his connections from control and causing him to “die’, as Kaneki’s regained control of the brain.

Think of it like this, you plant a flower in a pot and over time it seems to die, so in the seemingly empty soil you plant another seed, this new flower starts to thrive but all of the sudden the old one springs up again and the two have to start struggling for resources and eventual one’s roots straggle the other out.

Soul Theory

The Soul theory is a bit simpler and rests under the idea that a person’s mind is not simply a collection of connected neurons but a separate entity, a “soul” influenced by the experiences of life.

In that case Haise is simply Kaneki as he might have ended up not going through a lot of the things he did in life. In this instance Haise is simply amnesiac Kaneki.

So then who is the Kaneki in the hallucinations?

The Kaneki Haise sees could simply be that a hallucination, the culmination of bad memories from being tortured and the bad things he did and disturbing feelings he had from being Centipede. His mind can’t make sense of them or senses danger and is attempting to keep them out. Again these memories are being triggered by some stimuli most obviously his name, but he’s rejecting them.

On the other had the Kaneki persona could be a split in the personality.This would make sense seeing Kaneki’s previous behavior of having his black and white haired self talking to one another. 

Haise’s personality would be the little he can subconsciously remember such as his love of books and remembrance of others kagune, plus what he has learned since being stabbed and the base parts of his personality.

Kaneki’s separate personality is caused by the slow return of past memories. Haise’s mind is attempting to protect it’s self and so whenever a line is crossed out of fear or worry, or when a triggering thing is said it attempts to slip into the other personality (Kaneki) to protect the softer Haise side of the mind from it’s own madness.

There are a few possibilities for this scenario, either both the Haise memories and the Kaneki memories could meld to together and make a whole personality. Or the Kaneki or Haise side of the personality could become dominate, or there could be a situation where he snaps back and forth.

If you have any questions comments concerns or corrections feel free to contact me.

Imperial Astrophysics 101 (or The Death Star: The Weapon that Just Kept Destroying Stuff)

I was in the shower today, soaping up my hair, when I had a sudden thunderstruck of a horrible realization. The Death Star’s destruction wouldn’t have stopped with Alderaan’s obliteration–in fact, the Death Star’s single blast, which reduced a planet to ash and rubble in mere seconds, would have had a devastating impact that lasted for thousands of years. And I don’t just mean impact as in “there isn’t a planet anymore.”

It all boils down to a very crucial law of physics: the Law of Conservation of Energy. Basically, energy can be neither created nor destroyed. Thus, when the Death Star fired its laser blast of doom which destroyed the planet of Alderaan, all of the energy from the laser would have had to go somewhere. A not insignificant portion of it probably went into thermal energy, etc. (sorry, I’m running off of basic high school physics and an intro to astronomy class here), but there would still be a massive amount unaccounted for. So where would it have gone?

Well, as we see in A New Hope, the Death Star didn’t so much disintegrate the planet as it did explode it. Which yes, means some of Alderaan is certainly particles and atoms. But that also means that there are large chunks of planet still intact–which, again, we get to actually see in ANH. 

So where did all that leftover energy go? Into the massive debris field that was just created.

And that, my friends, is problematic.

Any moon that orbited Alderaan? Well, if it didn’t go in the Death Star’s blast, you can almost guarantee that it’s gone now. Debris of that mass, moving at that kind of velocity, would absolutely destroy any small satellite orbiting a planet.

Any neighboring rock-based planets in the system? Well, they probably wouldn’t be destroyed, but you can bet that all of them would be radically and devastatingly altered. If there was any semblance of life or ecosystem on any other planet in the system? Think KT Asteroid extinction level events. As in the thing that wiped out the dinosaurs. Imagine multiple of them. Within days, weeks, or months of each other. And even if there wasn’t any life or ecosystem on nearby planets, you can sure bet that the topography of the nearby planets is going to be radically changed. For instance, we suspect that the Hellas Basin on Mars (which is ~5,000km across–that’s a little over 3,100 miles for my fellow Americans–which, for comparison, is a little bit more than the distance from the east to west coast of the USA) and the corresponding Tharsis Bulge on the opposite side of the planet (which is ~10km–a little over 6 miles–high) was likely formed by a meteor impact. Think about that happening to Alderaan’s next-door neighbors. But not just once, or even twice, but probably half a dozen times or more.

It wouldn’t just be the nearby planets that would be affected, though. Even if none of the debris made it that far out into the solar system, an entire planet was just destroyed. That is certainly going to mess with the gravity field in the system. Planets (as a generalized group) are the second largest gravity producers in a solar system (the first being the sun/star). Thus you wouldn’t have any planets flying off their orbits or anything, but given that one of the key gravitational factors was just very instantaneously eliminated from the gravitational balance, you can be certain that orbits are about to go weird. And that doesn’t even just go for the other planets and their moons, but also comets and asteroids, which tend to hang out in nice large belts and/or fields.

And speaking of asteroid fields, let’s go back to the remains of Alderaan. Give it a few (hundred? thousand?) years, and you’re going to have a nice asteroid belt smack dab in the middle of the Goldilocks Zone (aka habitable zone) of the star system. That’s…not really good. That will probably basically ensure that nothing else is ever going to be able to sustain life in the system again, due to meteor strikes on any body that could try.

Though, fun side note, there actually might be a few pieces of Alderaan big enough that they would be able to generate enough gravity to begin to accrete. (Basically that means attract other pieces of rock and smush it together to form a larger body.) Now, I doubt it would ever have enough mass to form a full planet again–but you might be able to get a dwarf planet, which is defined as being unable to clear its orbit. (New Old Alderaan maybe?)

Anyway. My point is, the Alderaan system would have suffered for years (like, thousands of years) to come due to the Death Star. And you know what? I bet the Empire knew that. I bet that was meant to be part of the true power of the Death Star. Because what’s even worse than being able to destroy a planet? Being able to destroy a planet and then, when anyone returns to the site of the horrible crime in the next…oh, few thousand years, seeing even more devastation, more ruin, and being reminded again of the power and might of the Empire which, even after all these years, is reaching forward and punishing the land for its inhabitants’ crimes.

There is no more life. There is no more hope of life. There is fire, and ice, and planets and their moons moving and shifting in their orbits. There are explosions–new volcanoes, new canyons, new mountains, new plateaus–and the constant, grinding crush of where there once had been vibrancy and light and a thriving peoples.

And I don’t know about you, but I find that absolutely terrifying.