Originally Posted by fleaman
But the Na'vi didn't trust the Avatar's, they knew they were fake or ghosts and eventually just humans. Wouldn't a culture be more willing to learn from humans if they showed themselves as they are?
Maybe, but the original volunteers for the job probably had a nasty habit of getting killed by local wildlife before they could work up to the, "I see you" greeting. Short of showing up in an armed mech outfit, an Avatar approach was probably just as good/effective form of an ambassador as any. A human could possibly achieve the task, but they are up against a whole barrage of logistics and environmental factors before they could even get to a diplomacy phase, don't you think? A technological-assist was certainly in order.
Wasn't the Avatar program specifically established for Pandora? I don't remember where it was mentioned or inferred that the Avatar technology had already been established beforehand? If so, that would address one of my main beefs with the film.
Perhaps, but it is possible it was really the specific application
of more elemental technologies became desirable for the Pandora scenario. Existing technology was far enough along to explore such an application with some tweaks and ironing out. Research is research, and sometimes you just need a scenario to act as the catalyst to get the corporate green light to run it down.
Another thing> Both the mining company and the Avatar program were the same company, and the mining company ultimately was gonna mine unobtainium no matter what, regardless of the Na'vi, so why spend trillions and decades on an Avatar program that is ultimately gonna work against your own mining company?
C'mon, you are applying 20/20 hindsight. Who can ultimately foresee a turnaround like that from all the way back to when it is being typed out in a visionary project proposal?
I'm sure they forged ahead with at least a notion of Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, where "hearts and minds" was at least a feel good part to it.