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    Sci-fi and fantasy books, Comic books, Star Wars, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, Pokemon, computer engineering (my major), math, physics, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin

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  1. Thanks! Kind of makes me feel like this is supposed to be a minor thread running through the books, and it's getting a teensy bit more spotlight now. I would be pretty surprised to see a full-on pandemic in book 5, which I assume will only span ten or so days, but hopefully there's some kind of resolution.
  2. Is that mentioned in this book? I only remember Demoux being in that one Interlude in The Way of Kings.
  3. From what I remember, there are three times throughout the book where disease is mentioned. When Lirin is letting the refugees into Hearthstone, he thinks about how he has been hearing of a new plague. When Raboniel is introduced, Leshwi explains how she tried to use a disease to wipe out the humans. When Kaladin is acting as a surgeon, many people seem to have a cough, including Teft. I was sort of expecting there to be some sort of reveal. For example, maybe Raboniel released her disease again, but humans have evolved to be resistant or immune, which is why we only see people experiencing mild symptoms. However, I do not recall there being any payoff to these elements that were set up. Did I miss something or is this maybe just laying the foundation for something in the future?
  4. While rereading chapter 5 of Words of Radiance, I noticed this: In The Way of Kings, there is a line of dialog from Elhokar where he mentions seeing things in mirrors, which we, the audience, know as Cryptics. It is super exciting to see this early foreshadowing of him becoming a Lightweaver. I love this line from Words of Radiance even more though. It evokes Pinocchio and his penchant for lying while also referencing the Lightweaver ability to alter one's appearance, as we will see Shallan do later in this book. This is the kind of thing I never would have noticed on a first reading, and I absolutely love it!
  5. Thank you all for your help. That was everything I was looking for.
  6. I can't remember what Lirin did that was so controversial in Kaladin's flashbacks and I want to avoid possible Oathbringer spoilers on Coppermind. All I remember is that he tried to operate on someone of importance and failed, but came into money as a result.
  7. To me, this seems to indicate that there is some sort of soul present, but I personally think that it is less individualistic than the soul of a human (maybe it has less Identity?). To go back to the computer science style graphs, I think it's fair to say that each vertex is some sort of fundamental soul--the most basic type of object that can have a soul as defined by @Nathrangking. Then, these form subgraphs with closely Connected objects, where the subgraphs have their own souls, too. But I feel like there needs to be some measure of how closely the vertices/souls in the subgraph are intertwined. For example, a human being seems to us like it is exactly one thing. We know that the arms and legs and fingers and hair have their own souls, but in normal conversation, it is reasonable to talk of a person's soul and not worry about the fact that it is a composition of many things. This results from the individual souls composing the human soul having strong connections since they are always together and they work together. So the human soul subgraph probably has a lot of heavily weighted edges. On the other hand, a family's soul is more fragmented. There's probably relatively less Connection between a husband and wife than between a tooth and a gum. This is what makes it harder for us to see a human and a family as each having souls.
  8. Do you think that a group of humans could have a soul, too, then? Like a family. It's a bit more of a leap.
  9. I think that I was partially getting mixed up with Lopen regrowing his arm. I understand that healing oneself is an ability that the Radiants share.
  10. Ooh, I'm a fan of that. I can see where you're coming from there. I realize that it's a hard thing to talk about because it doesn't fit with our understanding of the universe, but I can go forward with that in mind.
  11. At the risk of sounding naggy, what qualifies an object as "complete" in that definition?
  12. I think I must have misread that section then. I read it as Kaladin losing his hand and then regrowing it.That makes much more sense with my understanding of souls and Connection. Thank you, all!
  13. So that implies that the tree itself has a soul and then each part of the tree also has a soul. So the tree is a physical object composed of objects that have souls, but it has a distinct soul to represent the complete entity. I feel like this makes sense, but is also a bit of a rabbit hole, because a leaf has different parts that would allow you to make the same argument, as does a forest, on the other side of the spectrum. Every atom could have a soul, and the entire Cosmere could also have a soul. If this is the case, it opens up a lot of interesting questions.
  14. From what I understand, a Shardblade can cut straight through pretty much everything mundane in the world. But when a shardblade goes through a human, it leaves no physical damage, but severs the soul instead. When Szeth cuts off Kaladin's hand, it makes me wonder what makes that particular cut go through his physical body instead of his soul. I assume that the reasoning is that the cut removes only a small part of Kaladin's body, leaving him mostly intact. But that begs the question, where is the line? What does the severity of the wound need to be in order for the Shardblade to cut the soul instead of the flesh?
  15. I have been picturing the Spiritweb as a sort of graph where Connection is the edges and souls are the vertices. However, I don't understand how this would work with something like a tree. Would the tree itself have a soul and be Connected with, say, a bird living in it, or would the tree be represented by a subgraph where each leaf or branch has its own soul with an extremely strong Connection to other nearby souls within the same tree. This partially comes from the infamous stick scene in Words of Radiance, which demonstrates that a stick, which used to be part of a tree, has its own distinct soul.