#36- Communicable Human Diseases

We really do like to stamp our human characteristics onto other things- cars, ducks, computers, dogs, lamps. Things and animals always seem to become more human when we're in close proximity to them for extended periods of time. We ascribe names, relationships, thoughts, words, and ideas to them which they probably don't have. It's interesting …

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#35- Must Not Be Denied

There's a weird Biblical allusion in season 3 episode "The Tholian Web".  I definitely caught it the first time I watched the episode, but I wasn't sure what it was there for. An incalculable ammount of re-watches later, I still don't quite get the tie-in, or significance to the episode. After Kirk is presumed to …

#33- More Than We Imagine

Okay, so back on the subject of "An-ti-bod-ies" again. "The Immunity Syndrome" makes an interesting comparison between the human body and the galaxy. It does seem like everything is some sort of system. A complex mechanism of parts working together, with each part being in itself a complex mechanism of parts working together.  A system …

#27- On Culture

Culture is a tricky thing. Hard to nail down. We throw the term around every day in various cliched phrases: "high culture", "cultural diversity", "cultural appropriation", "culture wars". But do we really have a grasp on what makes up a culture? Can a culture change? Can cultures be good or bad? What is the difference …