Talk:Silica pathways/Archive 1

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If I recall correctly, aren't all Cylons (not just the Humano-Cylons) with Silica Pathways affected by radiation? -- Joe Beaudoin 23:22, 7 Jul 2005 (EDT)

I don't think Adama went into specifics. He simply said that Leoben had Silica pathways, but then Leoben immediately inferred that the storm had an effect on Cylon tech in general. So yeah, I'm guessing that all Cylons are affected by it. -- YeNguyen 23:28, 7 Jul 2005 (EST)
And in any case, those basestars and raiders didn't seem to want to go into Ragnar; maybe they didn't have silica pathways, but something was keeping them out. Kuralyov 23:36, 7 Jul 2005 (EDT)
I'm guessing that because we know that both Raiders and Basestars are semi-organic (hell, they could be like bugs with an exoskeleton), they must also have Cylon brains. Because Humano-Cylons are the latest evolution and they are still affected by the ion storm, I can guess that their ships are susceptible to it as well. -- YeNguyen 23:48, 7 Jul 2005 (EST)
Personally, I believe that Raiders and Basestars are more susceptible to the pathway interference because they are simply "bugs with shells". When you think about it, it makes sense, since the Humano-Cylons are something like leaders among the other, less advanced models. -- Neochiiz3000 8:57, 7 Jul 2005 (EST)

1.) What kind of brain scan did Baltar receive in Home, Part I? If it was an MRI, it would be more correct to say that they are magnetically indistinguishable (an unsurprising property for silica).

2.) Harvesting brain tissue for a scan may be difficult to do without debilitating consequences, which is a good reason not to include such a thing in the test battery. --April Arcus 21:40, 20 December 2005 (EST)

Something that resembles a brain versus something that is genuine human tissue is the key point here. If Cylons and human are almost completely alike down to the cellular level, where do the silica pathways come to play? At the point where human neurons appear? If so, that should be something that could be scanned for: nerves emit substances needed for transmission of data; why would silica pathways do this, or how would (or should) they emulate the human design? Where does the "human" emulation stop and the Cylon synthetic begin in the most complex item of design of a humano-Cylon? The brain scan was comparable to MRI, although it is not stated what technology is used. You don't have to harvest tissue to find the substances that all human brains emit. The short question: how ARE Cylon brains physically designed? I admit that this all seems more of a writer's plot weakness in the scientific realm than something that can be easily argued without further information from later episodes. --Spencerian 09:09, 21 December 2005 (EST)