#23- Intellect Isn’t Enough (50 Things I’ve Learned From Star Trek)

A few posts ago,  we talked about the characteristics of a true God according to Star Trek. We looked at many examples of powerful beings; but the downfall of all of them was that they lacked compassion. Now, let's look again, this time at beings in Star Trek season 2 with God-like intelligence, and see …

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#21- Storage Compartments? Storage Compartments? (50 Things I’ve Learned From Star Trek)

There is a lot of talk about storage compartments in "The Trouble With Tribbles".  A lot. But for all this talk, and use of storage compartments, Starfleet seems to have had some very serious oversight in the area of these simple containment units. Starfleet's officers, and even their captains, seem to lack the basic knowledge …

#20- Violence Brings Down A Society (50 Things I’ve Learned From Star Trek)

It's possible to argue that some wars are just and necessary. I'm not here to argue for or against that premise. I'm not here to talk about specific isolated events of war and violence. I'm  here to talk about the fate of a culture of war and violence. I'm talking about cultures that pride themselves …

#18- Self-Condemnation is Destructive (50 Things I’ve Learned From Star Trek)

Sometimes, it drifts through the background of my mind- like the sound of approaching rapids while you're still out on calm water. Sometimes I scream it out, and sometimes it's like someone else's voice is screaming with my mouth. You're trash. You're such a bad person. You're so ungrateful. "I'm so ungrateful." "I'm obnoxious and …

#16- The Space Family (50 Things I’ve Learned from Star Trek)

If there's one thing I've learned from living in a house shared by three families, it's that family isn't limited to your own flesh-and-blood relations. Family is the people you have around you. The people who don't notice if you've gotten taller, or if your face has changed, because they've been with you so constantly. …

#17- Phoning it In (50 Things I’ve Learned From Star Trek)

Before Mike Nesmith learned that he could Skype into concerts with his fellow Monkees from the comfort of his home, Captain James T. Kirk was already making video calls to the bridge of the Enterprise from the comfort of his bed. Imagine you are the newest and youngest officer aboard the starship Enterprise. I'll upgrade …

#15- Above All Else, A God Needs Compassion (50 Things I’ve Learned from Star Trek)

Star Trek is not a theistic show. I think we can all agree on that, and I'm definitely not trying to argue that in this post. Even though it comes from an atheistic perspective, Star Trek gives some very profound insights on what a God ought to be, by countless demonstrations of would-be gods that fail. …