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Lucas says he always meant for it to be hereditary to some extent, otherwise it wouldn't have mattered who Luke's father was from the get go. The dynamic that Luke was special because of who his father was is evident even in ANH. Otherwise how could the Jedi be made all but extinct?

The Sith had been in super secret hiding for generations. Of course they would be able to get around having a sith candidate tested. Even if they didn't create a baby of their own, they would have no problem stealing a baby before he was tested or even after he had been tested.

From what I understand, Maul was raised from near birth as a Sith.
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And, gasp, I hate to agree with Go-Mer here, but I found it strongly implied in the original Star Wars that Luke's strength in the Force was at least partially hereditary.
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Originally posted by: Wesyeed
Personally, I remember the real obi-wan's words about him being amazed by how strongly the force was with Anakin, not by how many mutant cells he had in his system. This implies a natural gift to me that is also a hereditary trait more in the sense of a spiritual bonding families have (My spirit is of my parent's spirit etc.) but not limited to being just that.


Well, as I said earlier, I always saw the force as something far more expansive than any kind of life forms or midichlorians. It was the embodiment of all things in the Star Wars universe. It connected, controlled, and obeyed all things. The reason Anakin and other Jedi have the force "with them" so strongly is because something larger than them is actually at work in the universe. The mysterious relationship that the force has with destiny is what gave Anakin his strength and it was that same fate that blessed his physical descendants. Wielding the force is the power of wizards who have the right spiritual fate and the right mindset, an ability so rare that many people don't even believe it exists. When Luke destroyed the Death Star, he was the right person at the right time, just as anyone could potentially be. It’s called destiny.

If midichlorians had merely been a correlation, that people strong with the force tend to have a lot of them, as a way to physically test for the condition, then I would have been fine with that. But Jedi are just mutants with too much bacteria? George went a lot farther than he needed to and now the force is much, much smaller. Maybe Go-Mer is aesthetically pleased by that, but I’m not.

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But it is just that Force users tend to have a lot of them. That doesn't make them mutants any more than a taller than average person.
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It wasnt that Luke was destined for greatness because his father was filled with midichlorians. His father was a great warrior, in the physical and mental sense, and those are things inherited by children oftentimes--and they're not related to the Force. Luke wanted to be a Jedi because he wanted to be like his father--he believed he could do it. Thats all the Force was. Luke was able to use the Force because he believed he could. Han couldn't because he was a cynic and didn't believe in it--but Luke was innocent and pure in heart and believed in himself and in this power and thats why he is able to wield the Force. This even continued into ESB--"i don't believe it," "that is why you fail." The whole thing about Luke's father at that time had nothing to do with the Force, it was merely a character arc of Luke wanting to connect with the father figure he never knew--he was physically and mentally fit after training and was a natural warrior and thats as far as heredetary went because the Force had nothing to do with genetics or any kind of physical link.

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Originally posted by: zombie84
It wasnt that Luke was destined for greatness because his father was filled with midichlorians. His father was a great warrior, in the physical and mental sense, and those are things inherited by children oftentimes--and they're not related to the Force. Luke wanted to be a Jedi because he wanted to be like his father--he believed he could do it. Thats all the Force was. Luke was able to use the Force because he believed he could. Han couldn't because he was a cynic and didn't believe in it--but Luke was innocent and pure in heart and believed in himself and in this power and thats why he is able to wield the Force. This even continued into ESB--"i don't believe it," "that is why you fail." The whole thing about Luke's father at that time had nothing to do with the Force, it was merely a character arc of Luke wanting to connect with the father figure he never knew--he was physically and mentally fit after training and was a natural warrior and thats as far as heredetary went because the Force had nothing to do with genetics or any kind of physical link.


That's what I was trying to say. You nailed it Zombie. Like I said before, I can't believe Lucas took such a special and complex and beatiful thing and made it into a hereditary blood type in the preqeuls.
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I can see how you would be able to draw that conclusion from ANH alone, but from there on it's all about how Luke and Leia were strong in the Force because of their lineage.

Also, it's not that Luke and Leia inhereted Anakin's midichlorians, because all life has midichlorians. They inhereted Anakin's higher concentration of them.

I think a lot of people mistake the midichlorians as what makes the Force or that they -are- the Force. They are just a component of all living cells. It's just they happen to be the antennae through which all life is connected to the Force. The higher the concentration, the better a life form's "reception" of the Force, or so the best scientists believe.

It's just something that Old Republic science noticed about Force adepts, and the Jedi now use it to pre-select their hopefuls.
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Whatever. I just can't believe people actually get so in depth to the science of friggin mediclorians. If I went to school and repeated your post, or wrote a paper like that and read it to the class, I would get beaten to a pulp in the hallway.

And I really can't believe we're still arguing about mediclorians. Jeez.
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Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

You see them talking about attachments being bad, and striving to "only think about others", but the reality is as Palpatine points out, they still operate in ways beneficial to themselves. To a viewer, that adds more uneasiness about everything. If the Jedi's virtues aren't as solid as they should be, then the Jedi are fooling themselves. They are more and more allowing the ends to justify the means.

Notice in the beginning of ROTS, the crawl talks about how there are heroes on both sides, and that evil is everywhere? Lucas talks about how the Jedi had become fundamentally corrupted

George Lucas: The Jedi are always fighting this reality that they're, in essence, diplomats. they sort of persuade people to do the right thing... but their job really isn't to go around fighting people, yet they are now used as generals, and they are fighting a war, and they are doing something they really weren't meant to do. They're being corrupted by this war. By being forced into being generals, instead of peace makers.

I don't condemn Anakin for loving Padme, I don't condemn him for wanting to save her, I don't condemn him for wanting to bring his concept of "peace" to the galaxy. I condemn him for crossing the line to meet those goals. Where exactly did Anakin cross the line? Was it when he slaughtered a tribe of Tuskan Raiders that had kidnapped and tortured his mother to death? Was it when he killed DooKu after disarming him and having him under control? Was it when he disarmed Mace Windu to prevent him from illegally killing an unarmed prisoner? Was it when he pledged himself to Sidious' teachings? Certainly by the time he was slaughtering innocent younglings there was no question about it anymore. The line had been fully crossed.

Interesting, but that quote from George does not show that he intended that plot point to be used as a justification for what we’re actually discussing here. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad you agree with me that PT-Jedi virtues were hypocritical and impossible to follow, but I don’t believe George sees these particular Jedi virtues in the same way that you and I do. At best, that quote only proves that he wanted to show the war corrupting the Jedi away from their “universal” values and not that their universally-oriented values were flawed in the first place.

It makes no sense to claim that our devotion to personal values must contradict or be balanced with our devotion to universal values as if the two kinds of values apposed each other. The personal and the universal are perfectly compatible; they overlap perfectly; they aren’t mutually exclusive qualities. It is when our personal values or universal values are evil and the other is good that we begin to find them in conflict. It is good and evil that are truly apposed to each other (not the personal and the universal). Personal values do not automatically lead to evil anymore than universal values would.

Oh, and I’m glad you condemn Anakin for killing younglings and showing no empathy for them or remorse over his action. His personal values and universal values became screwed up enough for him to then desire the purposeless deaths of little, innocent children and that’s neither commendable nor understandable.


Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

I'm not sure I follow. You mean that in every case we have a personal desire, we can choose to either act on it or not depending on whether or not pursuing that desire would have a negative impact on universal values?

Yes, to a degree, but that’s only if we assume that the “universal” values that we personally hold to are good in and of themselves (I forgot to specify that in my last post). I can believe that a given rule for my life values goodness on the universal scale, but that rule could be revealed contradictory and perhaps even totally evil if correctly examined from a truth-seeking standpoint.

And, yes, I agree with your observation that people can “kid” themselves and pretend they have properly analyzed their values (“personal” and “universal”) when they, in actuality, have not. Such is the nature of human beings though. We never make any choices with perfectly ethical intentions. But, that fact does not mean we cannot strive to do the best job we can when it comes to making judgments. Some actions, like senselessly murdering innocent children, have ethical flaws that should never be missed (even when movies make such actions seem confusing with their dramatic music and imagery).


Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

If you don't know ahead of time that he will just leap into the abyss, then that development is heart breaking. You root for him to pull his head out of his ass so long, and then he crosses that line.

Ahh, good, at least you now agree with us that Anakin had his head up his ass all during the prequels. Maybe you still liked him despite those qualities enough to find his “leap into the abyss” a “heartbreaking” outcome, but I could not. Or, perhaps you liked him precisely because he was a jerk, in which case I would argue that your artistic values are upside-down and wrong.

I liked Anakin in the first film, since he was a pretty good kid, but he became a totally different person in the second movie and I can’t connect the two (beyond some very vague generalizations about fear and shit like that). I suppose I also liked Anakin in terms of the love and care he had for his wife and friends in the third film (I thought he had grown), but then I learned that all of his love and all of his care were based upon the totally selfish desires of a psychopath and I had to stop liking him on that basis. (The love and care of a psychopath is not real love and care, therefore nobody should share or even bother understanding Anakin’s feelings.) All in all, he’s not a likeable character.


Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

I never really worried about Luke turning to the dark side at all in the classic trilogy on it's own. Sure things got hairy, but like most movies I had seen, the hero pulls it out of his ass at the last moment. Of course Luke throws down his saber, of course Luke does the right thing.

You can’t worry about a hero even when you know it’s unlikely the creators of a given story will have him turn to evil? That’s really sad if you ask me. I don’t even understand how you can claim to be a fan of the original Star Wars with an attitude like that. Caring about our heroes despite having faith in their ability to win is precisely what makes Star Wars so incredibly entertaining for just about everybody who is a fan of the series.

Oh well, either way, even in terms of a depressing and not-so-entertaining tragedy, at least Luke’s fall to evil would have been understandable and heartbreaking for me. He actually faced some truly tough circumstances and felt torn and confused. Anakin had no moral confusion challenging his mind though; it should be clear to all that he was a psychopath who lived in complete devotion to his petty desires and cared about nothing else.


Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

Originally posted by: Tiptup
Heh, so you agree with me that the line ("Only a Sith Lord deals in absolutes.") was logically stupid, but you enjoy it because it then shows that Obi-Wan is evil too?
I don't think it makes him evil, it just highlights his self righteousness as a point of view.

So are you are saying that Obi-Wan’s personal “point of view” was right or wrong in your estimation? Clearly it was hypocritical and illogical, and when a person knowingly believes or supports a clearly contradictory line of thinking he or she is committing evil if you ask me.

It’s clear that the movie was not communicating that Obi-Wan was corrupted by evil. I simply believe George Lucas is dumb and didn’t see the flaw in the line he invented for Obi-Wan (either that or Obi-Wan was intended to be an unthinking boob). There’s nothing to debate as far as I see it, but you’re welcome to continue here, Go-Mer.


Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

Anakin has had the issues clouded to the point where it's not so easy to see from his perspective. The Jedi's virtues are in question, Sidious is obviously evil, the Senate is obviously ineffective, does Anakin see what's right in the moment, or is he always looking away to the future, to the horizon? To him he sees a future where all this BS brought on by the Sith and the Jedi and the corrupted Senate would just be gone. He then rationalizes his horrific actions in the present as being justified by the end goal.

Not according to the movie. In the movie he committed his horrific actions because of an emotionally-troubling vision that might possibly have occurred in his future. Beyond that, the movie showed him rationalizing none of his actions. In fact, Anakin didn’t care at all about the obvious possibility that an evil man was lying to him. He didn’t care at all if the murder of a bunch of innocent children had anything to do with preserving the life of his wife or preserving just government. Anakin did not care about the future or the present beyond his own messed up desires and fears. Anakin was a psychopath and should not be identified with in any artistically pleasing way.


Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

I didn't say he was cool for being evil. I'm just saying that this story is a character study of how someone who is good can end up turning evil. It may not be likable, but it's a part of human nature that is worth considering.


The existence of evil within all of us may be worth considering, but it is not something to dwell on. In a general sense, art should be about that which is uplifting and beautiful. I don’t think anyone should enjoy contemplating evil or ugliness (it’s not entertainment by definition).


Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

So if the [Darth-Vader/Father] scene is still amazing without it being a surprise for you, then what's the difference if it's that scene or the prequels that tips you off to that truth?


Heh, you still don’t understand what I’m talking about, do you?

When you watch Empire Strikes Back with the original Star Wars as the only context, you can be emotionally wowed by the “father” reveal every single time. The reason is because you can empty your mind of what comes after a scene and react to the movie in the moment. I come at the movie in the way it was intended to be experienced. I do it all the time and enjoy myself quite a bit.

However, if we start with the prequel trilogy as our context, then supposedly we’re supposed to know ahead of time that Anakin is Luke’s father according to the intended configuration of the movies. That was never meant to be the intended context for Empire and it totally ruins its artistic revelations except from a few weak perspectives. I can’t forget the knowledge as a whole from this perspective since that’s supposedly not “intended” anymore. I’m supposed to be thinking about Anakin’s shitty behavior from the PT, wondering about when his children will somehow “resurrect” him, and not thinking about what the actual movie presents to me. The PT adds no depth to the plot or drama of the OT (as it should), it only detracts and distracts.


Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

I'm just saying (as you even acknowledged) that the "I am your father" scene works even when you know the surprise going in.

The surprises that -are- ruined in the classic trilogy by watching the prequels first, are all one trick ponies for a first time viewer only. There is only going to be one time that someone is going to be surprised by Vader saying he's Luke's father, by suddenly realizing Yoda is Yoda, or by Luke piecing together that Leia is his sister.


Again, as I have said before, it dramatically works, despite knowing what will come, because I can anticipate what will come while enjoying the film for what it is in the moment. In other words, I go with the contextual focus of the film and enjoy it to the end from its intended starting point, even if I’m contemplating and/or anticipating everything up to the ending based upon a previous viewing at the very same time.

Almost everyone who enjoys a given movie more than once will do exactly what I am describing here, Go-Mer. It’s not strange in the least. I believe that you actually do it as well. If you can’t do this though, then I must believe you’re pathetic and feel sorry for you as a result.


Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

Originally posted by: Tiptup
Secondly, what do you mean “one surprise”? You seriously believe the OT has only one surprise?!

I may not have considered them all, but so far I am thinking about "I am your Father", the fact that Leia is Luke's sister, that Yoda is really Yoda, and that Jabba really looks like Jabba. Have I missed some?


Just a few from the beginning of the original Star Wars: The amazement of the Star Destroyer and the little blockade runner are ruined by the PT. The intense invasion of the Storm Troopers is ruined by the PT. Darth Vader, the awe-inspiring, black-suited villain, has his dramatic intro ruined by the PT. The appearance of Ben Kenobi, the old wizard, is ruined, and so is his identification as Obi-Wan Kenobi, by the PT. There are even more in just those first few minutes of the first movie. Star Wars is an entire experience of dramatic revelations. Get off your high horse, Go-Mer.

George Lucas should have been careful about what he revealed and didn’t reveal in the PT so as to not damage the contextual, dramatic impact of the original films (if he believes they should be watched starting with “episode I”), not blinded by his ability to earn more cash (which I believe it was clear he was).


Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

But it is just that Force users tend to have a lot of them. That doesn't make them mutants any more than a taller than average person.


They’re mutants if their bodies can tolerate more of this kind of bacteria than other bodies.


Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

I think a lot of people mistake the midichlorians as what makes the Force or that they -are- the Force. They are just a component of all living cells. It's just they happen to be the antennae through which all life is connected to the Force. The higher the concentration, the better a life form's "reception" of the Force, or so the best scientists believe.


You don’t know if that’s what George Lucas intended. You’re reaching too far when you talk about the “best” republic scientists as if you know how it is.

Either way, you’re wrong about them merely being “antennae” for the force. George implied in his own movie that they were collectively active beings that could create life and whisper the “will” of the force to living beings. That was never contradicted by any Jedi and so they probably believed likewise. So, until George says otherwise, that’s the gospel truth in the Star Wars universe.

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Well, in Lucas' defense, a common misconception regarding midichlorians is that they are the Force. A lot of people seem to think this, and its not really true. I didn't mind the midichlorians in TPM because it never really took the mystery out of what the Force is, it just explained how it can physically link to the material body of the person using. Midichlorians are conductors of the Force--the more midichlorians you have, the greater you conduction of the Force will be. The end result of course is: amount of midichlorians=amount of Force power, so it almost is like the midichlorians are the Force itself, because they might as well be.

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Yeah, like I said to Go-Mer earlier, midichlorians aren't a huge problem for me. Instead, they seem a little tacky to me in the way they limit how the force affects living beings in such a physical, numerical way. A large chunk of mysticism surrounding the force, relating to faith and destiny, were removed with the introduction of the concept.

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It's still there for me.

I don't see the midi count as a limiter. I think that people with lower midi counts could acheive the same things as someone with more, it's just not as easy for them.
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Inheriting the ability to harness the Force is one thing, but midichlorians are just a horseshit storyline.

The son/daughter of a great scientist might naturally be very talented in science. It doesn't fucking mean the kid has special micro-organisms swimming around in his blood.
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Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

I don't see the midi count as a limiter. I think that people with lower midi counts could acheive the same things as someone with more, it's just not as easy for them.


Perhaps, but it seems clear to me that when you have a midichlorian difference, all other factors being equal, one person will have weaker power with the force. The spiritual nature of the force is therefore less important now. A person's willpower is always going to be relatively limited by his physical amount of midichlorians. The only way I could see George getting out of this is by saying that midichlorians aren't physical beings (which is unlikely). In other words, the residual concentration of midichlorians in a person's physical parts would ebb and flow with the utilization of the force because they aren't limited by physical dimensions.

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Well the idea that the Midichlorians are "sentient" is an opinion presented by Qui-Gon Jinn, the rogue Jedi who always seems to be disagreeing with the majority of the Jedi Council. When Qui-Gon talks to Yoda about how he thinks Anakin could be the chosen one, Yoda responds with something to the effect of "revealed your opinion is". I think it's quite possible that while Qui-Gon pictures the Midichlorians in little hats playing poker, the rest of the council and possibly a majority of the Jedi Order sees them as merely the antenna through which all living things can tune into the Force.

Sure there's nothing to prove this theory, but there's nothing to disprove it either.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to how you prefer to look at it. If you want to see the Midichlorian concept as a limiter, you can do that, I just don't undertsand why you would want to when you obviousy would prefer it wasn't a limiter.
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I, on the other hand, am not sure how it is possible or even preferable to always see things the way you want to see them. Interesting way of doing things, but it seems rather "limiting."

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I don't see why it limits anything.

My point is that there are 2 ways of looking at this particular situation that can be supported by what we do get from the films.

If neither way of looking at it is "more correct" why not choose the way you prefer?
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It's just that in this situation, it seems something of a stretch to assume that Qui-Gon is making up some stoned hippie shit, when there really is nothing substantial given to disprove it, and ESPECIALLY when the only real explanation we get of midichlorians is from Qui-Gon.

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Even what he's saying could just be a manner of speaking. The meaning is still that the "Will of the Force" is being communicated through the Midichlorians. I don't think he really sees them as being sentient middlemen that re-explain what the Force is trying to say.

And as far as nothing contradicting what he's saying, he believes the Midichlorians are responsible for creating Anakin, and in ROTS, Palpatine says that the Sith had figured out how to manipulate the Midichlorians to create life. The implication being that it's possible that he or his former master has caused Anakin to be (a point that Palpatine actually brought up to Anakin in one of the script revisions). So right there is some ambiguity that directly contradicts Qui-Gon's take on things.
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Yeah, but it's still creation by the Midichlorians. Palpatine just has more details, where Qui-Gon just had speculation.

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Yeah but was it the Midichlorians sentiently deciding to create Anakin? Or was it Plaguis or Palpatine manipulating the Midichlorians to create life?

I think this is being intentionally left as vague as possible, because it's one of those mysteries of life that just can't be figured out and proven.
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But it still doesn't have to be one or the other. I mean, you're a sentient being, but I could theoretically manipulate you into doing something.

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Exactly, so if it could go either way, why choose to look at it in the way you like less than the way you would rather see it?

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Originally posted by: Go-Mer-Tonic

Sure there's nothing to prove this theory, but there's nothing to disprove it either.


Alright, I’ll accept that Qui-Gon might have been expressing questionable “hippie” beliefs as far as the Star Wars universe goes. And though we both know that it’s unlikely that George intended that to be the case, it’s a possible way to come at the issue. Even then though, considering midichlorians only from the standpoint of antenna, that still physically limits a person’s power with the force. In relation to the force, destiny and faith are less important without non-midichlorian ways to connect to the force in an intelligent and directed way; they are physical and will always relatively limit a person’s power since everything must come through them as “antennas.”

When I first heard of midichlorians, I assumed they weren’t physical beings (since little bacteria attached to the force sounds stupid), and that solved my problem. If they aren’t physical, then they concentrate themselves wherever they collectively wish to concentrate in any numbers they wish and at any time. Unfortunately, after learning more about the issue, I’m fairly certain that George wants them to be physical and stuck in our cells like bacteria, and that detracts from what the force once was. You need to now be an arbitrary mutation whose living cells are advanced enough to tolerate more of this type of bacteria. Jedi are merely supermen.

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See the part of your case I am having the most trouble with is your insistance on calling force sensitives "mutations".

All life has midichlorians. It's just that they noticed a higher concentration of midichlorians in particularly force sensitive beings, which is why the Jedi have adopted midichlorian testing as a way to pick out Jedi hopefuls before they are old enough to demonstrate pronounced force ability.

The fact that they are based on Mitochondria (according to Lucas himself) tells me that he's not considering force sensitivity a mutation, just that some beings have a stronger innate ability with the Force.

Before the Midichlorians, there was a stronger case for force sensitivity being a mutation, because for whatever reason, the Force ran strong only in certain family lines, or at least that was strongly implied by the end of the classic trilogy.

I think the Midichlorian concept clarifies that all beings can tap into the Force to verying degrees based on both their midi-count, and their discipline. Someone like Han for example could potentially use the Force if he took it seriously and leanred the art and put a lot of effort into perfecting his skill.
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