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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Leonard Nimoy—You taught us well

We will miss Leonard Simon Nimoy. Also we will miss his character Mr. Spock. The Star Trek series was not just a space show for TV. It was a homage to humanist philosophy. The original was never full of religious dialog. The (Star Trek:) Next Generation was even above capitalism. "We no longer judge a man by his wealth" Captain Jean-Luc Picard often said. There are those who told me that day will never come....but in some ways it has on the Star Trek franchises.

Nimoy was in a lot of TV shows including old 1950s cowboy shows. The character he created on Star Trek was a kind of übermensch. He had powers far beyond human as well as a conscious far more advanced than all the humans he worked with.
This article should really be about Nimoy, but it is really about Spock. Many who knew the real Nimoy will honor him way more than we can. However, Spock is like a Superman. We know the character and we can relate to him.
I for one like the idea that humanity should aim for the stars. But I also agree with those who say that science can't move faster than our social sciences—or—are we become nothing more than conquering space invaders?
Nerf Herder - "Mr. Spock" 

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