Something I was wondering about when I saw the movie...why do you think Spock melded with Pike as he (Pike) was mortally wounded?
I wasn't sure if it was just scientific curiosity or genuine empathy. In other words, did he meld because he wanted to feel what Pike was feeling to increase his knowledge of humans (and maybe, on a personal note, to know what his mother felt as she fell to her death) or did he do it because his emotional center would help Pike better face his last moments of life?
I'm really not sure. I could definitely see early season 1 TOS Spock doing it just to "gather data," and we know that NuSpock is interested enough in testing how people face adversity that he designed the Kobayashi Maru test. Wouldn't he want to know how one of Starfleet's most courageous admirals faced death? On the other hand, if we want a Spock that we can relate to, the second explanation seems safest.
And, while we're on the subject, isn't it kind of a no-no to do a meld with someone who doesn't give their consent?
Just curious what perspective others have on this/