“I’m a machine, and I could know much more.”

John Cavil: “And do you know how I perceived one of the most glorious events in the universe? [a supernova] With these ridiculous gelatinous orbs in my skull. With eyes designed to perceive only a tiny fraction of the EM spectrum. With ears designed only to hear vibrations in the air.” 

Ellen Tigh: “The five of us designed you to be as human as possible.”

Cavil: “I don’t want to be human! I want to see gamma rays. I want to hear x-rays. And I want to smell dark matter. Do you see the absurdity of what I am? I can’t even express these things properly because I have to conceptualize complex ideas in this stupid, limiting spoken language. But I know I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws and feel the solar wind of a super nova flowing over me. I’m a machine, and I could know much more. I could experience so much more, but I’m trapped in this absurd body!”

(Battlestar Galactica s04e16 – “No Exit”)

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