So it seems to me that there is a dichotomy within Avatar that is reflected pretty well amongst us fans. One of my friends described it as "sci-f vs fantasy" in a film. The RDA, but more the Avatar program in and of itself represents the scientific viewpoint of looking at this world, Pandora. The Na'vi, on the other hand, represent a more mystical, spiritual way of looking at nature. I happen to be a big fan of both viewpoints, but what really makes me curious is the biology of Pandora: how things evolve, the relationships between predator and prey, the biomechanics of a low-gravity world, all that stuff. This is all fascinating to me, like trying to figure out how carbon fiber, currently a purely lab-produced substance, became a natural part of bones, like calcium, on Pandora. The biggest place that this shows up amongst fandom, as far as I've seen, is in talking about Eywa. Most people think of it in purely mystical terms (i use the word loosely), like a deity, soul, or what-have-you. I, on the other hand, think of it as a brain. It does seem to be structured in a similar way to a human brain, with each tree being a neuron (which I think Dr. Augustine mentions in the film). The issue is how this might affect changes on its environment. During the end of Avatar, Eywa is somehow able to get a large portion of the wildlife in the area surrounding the Hallelujah mountains to attack the RDA. Not only does this go against most animals' inherent survival instincts, but it begs the question: do the animals "jack in" to the Eywa consciousness periodically? It seems like something that the Na'vi do for 'religious' purposes, but what evolutionary benefit does that give for the animals?
Just thinking out loud. Input, as always, is appreciated.