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Old January 4 2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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Your thoughts needed: using Star Trek to solve today's problems?

Hi everyone,

A few of us have been doing some thinking. In many ways, elements of Star Trek have been reflective of recent world history. What if we applied some of the norms, laws and principles from Star Trek to today's global problems? Would we be able to generate ideas for new solutions? For example, how would the Federation address the challenges of health care reform?

Am curious if others have thoughts about this, or could even point me to examples of where this topic has come up before. Thanks
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Old January 4 2011, 10:35 PM   #2
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Re: Your thoughts needed: using Star Trek to solve today's problems?

Not alot of it applies. The Federation is a resource rich society.
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Old January 4 2011, 10:39 PM   #3
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sorry
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Old January 4 2011, 10:41 PM   #4
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Re: Your thoughts needed: using Star Trek to solve today's problems?

I don't think so.

It's like asking if adding Superman as the quarterback would make a football team better.
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Old January 5 2011, 01:01 AM   #5
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Re: Your thoughts needed: using Star Trek to solve today's problems?

Well since the Federation has virtually infinite resources, at least in the 24th century, health care is simply not a problem. There's no money so you don't have to pay doctors or hospitals. You can get any needed mediicine from the household replicator. The way to solve today's health care problem is to invent the replicator.

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Old January 5 2011, 01:17 AM   #6
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Re: Your thoughts needed: using Star Trek to solve today's problems?

"Past Tense" from Deep Space Nine is probably one of the most useful episodes as it applies to modern problems. Health care reform isn't really a topic Star Trek can be applied to, however. Discussion about a television show franchise, though provoking as it might be, will not "solve" any actual problems.
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Old January 5 2011, 01:54 AM   #7
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Re: Your thoughts needed: using Star Trek to solve today's problems?

We need to apply the ideology and science to todays problems.

Part of the reason for a successful society in Star trek is they are working together.

I think we should already have a small moon base in 2010.

I agree though apply the Star trek Idelogy to todays probelms wouuld help for sure.

The whole society needs to keep up together with the new idealogy and science and technology. Otherwise you get problems.

We haven't quite advanced enough yet, globally.
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Old January 5 2011, 01:55 AM   #8
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I have thought about this myself for example with issues like global warming.
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Old January 5 2011, 02:11 AM   #9
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Re: Your thoughts needed: using Star Trek to solve today's problems?

Seems to me the Trek solutions that require a society of nearly unlimited resources and technical capabilities is not going to be of much practical use to us. And the solutions that require Roddenberry's vaunted "evolved humanity" are even more problematic.
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Old January 5 2011, 02:25 AM   #10
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Re: Your thoughts needed: using Star Trek to solve today's problems?

They made that society though together. The resources we have are the universe. Our capabilities are limitied of course, but partly from not getting busy.

There are quite a few people in the world who have no clue about space and the need for space exploration and some about science itself.

I think some of this would change quickly, if say Aliens showed up at the door, especially hostile ones.
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Old January 5 2011, 03:13 AM   #11
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Re: Your thoughts needed: using Star Trek to solve today's problems?

If hostile aliens show up we are all dead. The technology gap would be insurmountable.
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Old January 5 2011, 03:36 AM   #12
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shawn12 wrote: View Post
They made that society though together. The resources we have are the universe. Our capabilities are limitied of course, but partly from not getting busy.
Well, no, that society is fictional. To the extent that it was "made" at all, it was made by Gene Roddenberry and a few others who worked for the Franchise. Effecting real societal change would involve convincing a hell of a lot more people than that to even agree on just exactly what it is they should get "busy" doing.
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Old January 5 2011, 04:33 AM   #13
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Re: Your thoughts needed: using Star Trek to solve today's problems?

It's not fictional. It's REEEEEEEEEAAL!!!
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Old January 5 2011, 04:40 AM   #14
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^ I know. I was just momentarily delirious.
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Old January 5 2011, 04:42 AM   #15
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Re: Your thoughts needed: using Star Trek to solve today's problems?

I think Star Trek also runs on a Global Government. Once you get that far then a lot of social change can happen without a lot of obstruction from the local governments. There are people in Central America that don't get proper electricity. There are people in South America that still rely on Slash and burn to grow crops. Once everyone starts caring about everyone, then change can occur globally.
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